Engineering Excellence for Maritime and Energy

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Lir National Ocean Test Facility is a custom designed test facility which operates within the MaREI Centre. It houses Ireland’s only infrastructure for small to medium scale laboratory testing of ocean and maritime systems. We have 4 tanks at various scales and depths for emulation of ocean waves and currents. They are equipped with measurement capabilities including laser PIV, acoustic probes, above and sub-surface motion and real time video. We have a variety of bench test rigs for electrical, power take off and mooring system tests along with a microgrid/on grid infrastructure for test of generation, control, power take off, storage, grid integration, power quality, subsea transmission and fault synthesis. Reputed for our contributions to wave, tidal and offshore wind energy development including towing, installation, performance and survival testing, we are also known for our work with floating structures, offshore structures, coastal engineering including breakwaters and harbours, hydrodynamics, scour, vessels and offshore logistics. We engage with industry and researchers through commercial contracts, the MaREI Centre, Horizon 2020 programmes, SEAI prototype development fund and various International programmes and initiatives, Lir has expert support personnel and a track record stretching back to 1977.

OUR FACILITIES

The National Ocean Test Facility, Ireland consists of state of the art wave tanks and electrical rigs that allow for scaled testing in a controlled environment.

NEWS & MEDIA

AN TAOISEACH OFFICIALLY OPENS UCC BEAUFORT BUILDING (Saturday, July 11, 2015)

SFI MaREI Centre & LIR National Ocean Test Facility to be housed at €15 Million Beaufort Building in Ireland’s maritime quarter. Saturday, 11 July 2015: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. officially opened the UCC Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork today (Saturday). The 4,700m2 five storey building with state-of-the-art wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and… Read more >

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Beaufort Building to Officially Open (July 3rd, 2015)

MaREI’s new headquarters at University College Cork’s (UCC) Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, will officially open on the 11th July 2015, representing an investment of €15.2 million from the Irish State and private investment. The Building covers some 4700m2 across five floors, and has provision for 135 researchers and support staff in offices and… Read more >

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Upcoming Event: SeaFest 2015 (July 10th-11th, 2015)

Join MaREI for free family fun and festivities at SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival! Taking place in Cork Harbour on Saturday 11th July 2015, this maritime festival is a celebration of Ireland’s incredible ocean wealth showcasing our abundant maritime resources. The SeaFest programme of events is extensive and all are welcome to enjoy a great… Read more >

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+ 353 (0) 21 486 4300

LIR-NOTF@UCC.IE

LIR National Ocean Test Facility, Environmental Research Insitute,
Beaufort Building, University College Cork, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland