Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory (MHL)

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The MHL is located on the first floor of West Hall on main campus. It consists of the main model basin, a low turbulence free surface water channel, a gravity-capillary water wave tank, and a propeller tunnel for student use. The MHL is used in several group courses and for individual directed studies.

 Marine Renewable Energy Laboratory (MRELab)

Michael Bernitsas, NAME and ME Professor, and his research assistant discuss the flow of the current through the Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy (VIVACE) device.

The MRELab is dedicated to developing technology to harness the abundant, clean, and renewable marine energy in an environmentally sustainable way and at a competitive cost. The current focus of the MRELab is to study the underlying science of the VIVACE Converter, which was invented in the MRELab (three patents pending) to harness the hydrokinetic energy of ocean/river currents/tides.

 The Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL)

Professor Ryan Eustice and grad student Jeff Walls work in NAME's Perceptual Robotics Laboratory.

The Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL) at the University of Michigan studies problems related to autonomous navigation and mapping for mobile robots in a priori unknown environments with a directed focus on computer vision techniques for perceptual sensing.

Marine Structures Design Laboratory (MSDL)


The Marine Structures Design Laboratory (MSDL) is a growing group of faculty and students focused on developing the next generation of structural design and analysis tools for the marine industry. Our ongoing work includes: the creation of rapid and accurate strength methods for lightweight aluminum marine structures, building unique evolutionary optimization approaches for rapid trade-space exploration of structural design options and configurations, as well developing novel tools to allow in service re-assessment of structures and updatable lifecycle cost, reliability, and capability forecasts.