Tour and Update of Work at UMaine Wind-Wave (W2) Model Testing Basin

When:  Mar 20, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  New England Section

Tour and Update of Work at UMaine Wind-Wave (W2) Model Testing Basin

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The event will feature a tour of the Alfond W2 Basin, a 30m x 9m x 5m model testing basin equipped with a wind machine and 16 paddle wavemaker. The presentation will provide an update on current work, including offshore wind and other renewable energy topics, as well as an overview of plans for a towing carriage.

The Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Lab at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a unique facility equipped with a high-performance wind machine over a multidirectional wave basin. The facility will accurately simulate towing tests, variable water depths, and scaled wind and wave conditions that represent some of the worst storms possible anywhere on Earth. This world-class ocean engineering facility will assist businesses in developing products for the marine economy while offering hands-on training for students. These products include improved boat and ship hulls; ocean energy devices such as wind, wave and tidal energy; aquaculture technology; oil and gas structures; waterfront infrastructure such as bridges, piers, docks and port facilities; as well as systems to protect coastal cities from effects of erosion and extreme storms.

Speaker Bio - Dr. Anthony Viselli, P.E., is the manager of offshore model testing and structural design at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. He currently leads design efforts for the Center’s offshore structure design programs as well as the new W2 Wind Wave Model Testing Laboratory. Dr. Viselli has helped to develop several programs at the UMaine Composite Center including secure hybrid steel-composite marine freight containers, the VolturnUS concrete floating foundation technology for offshore wind turbines, light-weight composite towers for floating offshore wind turbines, rapidly deployable composite/concrete land-based wind turbine towers, and the DeepCLiDAR buoy.

Dr. Viselli received his doctorate from the University of Maine in Civil Engineering with a focus in offshore structures. His technical expertise includes offshore structures design, analysis of metocean data to support offshore structure design, model testing, pre-stressed concrete design, steel design, wood design, advanced structural analysis, FEA, composite structure design and analysis, composite manufacturing, and structural testing.

5:00 Tour - Advanced Structures & Composites Center
6:00 Dinner - Wells Conference Center
6:30 Presentation - Wells Conference Center

Parking available at Corbett lot near Wells Conference Center - allow 10 minutes to walk to W2 Basin. Limited visitor / handicapped parking available at Advanced Structures & Composites Center.

UMaine parking map pdf available at

Corbett lot and Wells are in bottom-left quadrant, Advanced Structures & Composites Center is just above center of map.

Students $15
Members $30
Guests $35

Contact Information:

Doug Reed
(207) 299-8252


Advanced Structures & Composites Center
35 Flagstaff Road
Orono, ME 04469

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Students $15.00
Member $30.00
Guest $35.00
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Doug Reed
(207) 299-8252