Experimental facilities for each research question
Deltares is your best possible partner for water and subsurface research. We can provide tailored research solutions matching your requirements and budget. We have a wide range of facilities: from laboratories and field studies to test arrays and simulators. Let us provide an overview of the possibilities that Deltares provides.
We study the quality of water and the morphology of rivers, lakes and the coast. We also study the strength of soil and the subsurface, and the effects of waves and currents on physical 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. Our combined facilities allow us to conduct small- and large-scale integrated studies in these fields on your behalf. We cooperate with other research institutes, and that allows us to address an even wider range of questions.
We can study your design for innovative solutions in verifiable and extreme conditions, and advise about improvements. Our testing often generates considerable savings and risk reductions. We also engage in long-term research to test numerical models and collect data for use by others. Do you wish to conduct your own study or experiment in our facilities? That is possible, too. We can, subject to various conditions, provide access to our facilities for researchers and users ‘from the outside’.
iD-Lab; Interactive data research laboratory
If you need to make important decisions quickly on the basis of large amounts of data,...
Global river flow forecast service
Floods have the potential to cause disruptions to supply chains as they affect manufacturing plants, supplier...
The Atlantic Basin, built in 2009 is a multifunctional facility and at present the only one...
The Pacific Basin is a wave basin for research and consultancy. The basin is used for...
The Scheldt Flume is a state-of-the art wave flume with a total length of 110 m....
The Delta Basin (50 x 50 m) is a multidirectional wave basin with segmented wave paddles...
Intake and Outfall Basin
Deltares has a long term (>30 years) experience with scale model studies of pump sumps and...
From 2015, on our campus in Delft, we have a unique test facility where it is...
Smooth and safe passage through a lock is a priority for shipping worldwide. Transport by water...
Deltares’ Alpha Loop is a unique experimental facility for investigating a wide range of multiphase flows...
Advanced measurement techniques
During consultancy work involving physical modelling, Deltares conducts advanced measurement techniques to investigate physical processes and...
Custom-made hydrodynamic instruments
Deltares develops custom-made instruments for measuring quantities in water and in water mixtures, both in experimental...
Standard measuring instruments
Deltares designs and builds instrumentation for flow measurements of waves, water levels, sediment concentrations and bathymetry....
Geo Field Laboratory
Identifying actual soil behaviour and behaviour in the long term at the field scale is indispensable...
Geo Model Laboratory
Our Geo Model Laboratory is a laboratory with a large number of generic arrays that allow...
The Deltares GeoCentrifuge, a unique geotechnical test facility
A force of 5g – five times the Earth's gravity – can be felt briefly in...
The Deltares Geotechnical Laboratory specialises in complex, advanced tests (such as cyclical triaxial and shear tests)...
Geophysics facilities on land and at sea
Deltares has a unique facility for geophysics that consists of wide range of technologies for collecting...
Soil and water are home to a complex range of microbiological and geochemical processes that have...
Water and Soil Flume
The Water Soil Flume (WSF) of Deltares is often used by our partners from the maritime,...
The Physical Laboratory (PhL) provides a broad array of different instruments, methods and research opportunities...