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Nov. 29, 2010

Media Advisory: Demonstration of IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering Wave Basin Facility is Dec. 2

WHAT: IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering (IIHR), a part of the University of Iowa College of Engineering, recently constructed a new $4.9 million IIHR Wave Basin Facility. The wave basin is essentially a high-tech 40x20x3-meter "pool" for testing scale-model navy ships under a variety of real-world conditions. The facility will play a key role in helping IIHR research engineers test and validate computer simulation codes for testing U.S. naval ship designs. Research conducted in the new facility will help keep the UI at the cutting edge of naval ship design and help the U.S. Navy meet the challenges of the 21st century.

WHEN: 11 a.m. until noon Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.

WHERE: IIHR Wave Basin Facility, University of Iowa Research Park, Coralville. The IIHR Wave Basin Facility is on the University of Iowa Research Park campus at the very south end of Old Farmstead Road. (Directions: From Coral Ridge Avenue (Highway 965), enter the campus on Oakdale Boulevard, go past the State Hygienic Laboratory, turn right (south) on Crosspark Road, turn right on Postal Road, and go right on Old Farmstead Road and continue to the south end of the road.

WHO: Larry Weber, IIHR director, and Frederick Stern, director of the IIHR Ship Hydrodynamics Program, will deliver a brief presentation and answer questions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Larry Weber, IIHR director,, 319-331-1135; Gary Galluzzo, UI news services,, 319-384-0009