Coastal and Offshore Engineering Lab
The Coastal and Offshore Engineering Lab (COEL) is the only large-scale research facility in Australia that will simultaneously support both offshore and coastal engineering research from the surface to the seabed
These research areas are critical to the UWA Grand Challenge: “Sustainable Oceans and Coasts.”
Quantifying Wave Attenuation by Artificial Reefs
Natural reef structures (coral or rocky) protect vast portions of the world’s coastline from coastal flooding and erosion. Artificial reef structures can function similarly to protect coastlines by dissipating wave energy, while also delivering ecosystem services that can offer many additional benefits over conventional hard engineering structures. However, there is presently a lack of established guidelines to design artificial reefs for coastal protection.
Swimming in Surface Waves - Heave Frequency
Open water swimming is an endurance sport that is rising in popularity but presently lacks scientific understanding compared to its indoor counterpart. One difference with open water swimming is that swimmers will encounter surface waves, and will either have to swim with, or against the direction in which waves are propagating.
Contract Research and COEL Facilities Hire
Located at Shenton Park Field Station, COEL has established relationships with dozens of researchers and industry partners.
We are currently undertaking numerous research projects and are committed to further developing our client base. COEL lab has conducted tests for Woodside, Total Marine, Fugro Marine Australia, and Water Tech.
The COEL lab team will provide support for any facility hire arrangement and welcomes all enquires to undertake research and industry projects.