Deltares conducts experiments in its own facilities for water and soil research. The results of these experiments allow us to validate our models and to test, for example, the optimal design for infrastructure and biochemical concepts for reinforcing the subsurface. Our facilities are also open to European researchers.
The range of complementary facilities demonstrates how our research addresses all the facets of the behaviour of the subsurface and water. We study the quality of water and the morphology of rivers, lakes and the coast. We also study the strength of the ground and the subsurface, the effects of wave loads and currents on structures and the stability of those structures. Various physical processes often meet in a single experiment, for example the size of the wave load on a dike and the strength of that dike in terms of soil mechanics. The combination of our facilities means we can engage in small- and large-scale research in preparation for the responsible application of our knowledge in practice.