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Acoustic Water Tank

Main Facility Description

The Acoustic Water Tank is a 40' long, 21' wide and 24' deep tank located in room 130 of the LOVE building, on the Georgia Tech main campus. This laboratory belongs to the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and is directed by Dr. Karim Sabra. The facility is primarily (but not exclusively) used for underwater acoustic measurements; its main features include a computer-controlled 4-axis positionner and a 3-ton crane, as well as a variety of hydrophones and acoustic sources.

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Supporting Services: Acoustic Material Characterization

In addition to underwater acoustic measurements, the center offers measurement services for the characterization (Young’s and Bulk moduli) of viscoelastic materials as a function of frequency, temperature and hydrostatic pressure. More information on these measurement systems located in LOVE 102 can be found here.

Please note that only the Young’s modulus system is operational at this time; the Bulk modulus system will be available again in the near future.

Tank usage and measurement services rates

GT ME: free
GT non-ME: $168/hr
External: $168/hr (plus indirect costs)


Francois Guillot


(Please contact Dr. Guillot to request access to the tank usage calendar)

Current ME research (PIs: Francois Guillot, Karim Sabra)

The tank is currently used in several ONR-sponsored projects for the testing of underwater sensors.

Service Center projects:

The Acoustic Tank has been used to support a variety of research and educational projects, including:

  • Sonar calibration (GTRI)
  • Underwater Unmanned Vehicle testing (GTRI)
  • Icefin robot testing (EAS)
  • MUR-maid robot testing (ECE)
  • Underwater wearable computer (IMTC)
  • Acoustic panels characterization (Industry)
  • Student Capstone Design projects (ME)
  • Underwater Unmanned Vehicle testing (BlueWave Robotics)
  • Underwater Robotics Training (in collaboration with CEISMC, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation)
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Underwater Robotics Training
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