Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory

Facility Type: 
Academic Building

The Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, built in 1994, is home to the Ocean Engineering Center, the Marine Program Administrative Offices, and the headquarters for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC).

Equipped with state of the art testing facilities for underwater/ocean engineering the Lab has three test tanks. The Tow Tank/Wave Tank, measuring 12' x 100' x 8' deep, enables research where test bodies can be towed, subjected to wave action or both. Wave creation is possible using a hydraulic wave generator that can produce 2 to 5 second waves of maximum amplitude 0.5m.

It’s going to be an exciting year for the UNH Ocean Engineering program! Site preparation is underway for a 12,000-square-foot addition to the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory. The addition will include nine new offices, an instrumentation lab, four damp labs, a 25-seat seminar classroom, a machine shop and an outdoor work area, while modifications to the existing facility will include the installation of an 8’ x 64’ oscillating flow water tunnel as well as the repurposing of existing spaces into a tiered 86-seat classroom and a computer cluster. The project is expected to be completed in August 2017.


Tow Tank
24 Colovos Rd
Durham, NH 03824