Britain's new Ship Hydrodynamics Laboratory at Feltham, Middlesex, is to be opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, October 19, and was filmed today, October 16.
GV. Laboratory at Feltham
CU. Sign "Ship Hydrodynamic Laboratory"
LV. INT.. model cutting machine
CU. Man opening cutting machine
CU. Hull of ship being cut to shape
LV. Laboratory plant
SV. Control panel and circulating wave tunnel
CU. Propeller undergoing test in water tunnel
LV. Testing tank
LV.TOWARDS..model beneath towing carriage
STV. Bowl of model to water
TRAVEL SHOT.. operator at controls of towing carriage PAN to testing tank.
SV. Bowl of ship through water
SV. Hull inspected after tests
SV PAN remote control model in tank
LV. remote control model undergoes rough sea tests
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Background: Britain's new Ship Hydrodynamics Laboratory at Feltham, Middlesex, is to be opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, October 19, and was filmed today, October 16.
The new Laboratory contains a huge towing tank, 1300 feet long, a water tunnel and another trial tank 100 feet square. There are also workshops for making model hulls and propellers.
These modern facilities for hydrodynamic research are designed to reproduce in the laboratory conditions more closely resembling those at sea than has been possible before. The main aim is to carry out tests for the design of ships combining high speeds at sea with a minimum of discomfort.
The Laboratory's square trial tank contains a wavemaker and here tests will be made to study the behavior of models in a variety of simulated sea conditions.
It is nearly a hundred years since models were first scientifically used to provide a relatively cheap method of developing ship design.