The division of Hydromechanics and Coastal Engineering was founded in 1971 and since then it has been one of four departments of the Leichtweiß-Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources (LWI) at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. The main research areas at division of Hydromechanics and Coastal Engineering include: (i) sea waves and design of coastal structures, (ii) non-conventional and innovative coastal structures, (iii) offshore structures, (iv) sediment transport and coastal morphodynamics, (v) coastal protection against tsunami and (vi) reliability and risk-based design methods in coastal engineering.
The LWI is equipped with a hydraulic laboratory with a working area of 5600 m² in which coastal research issues are investigated by physical modelling, e.g. sea waves, coastal morphology and wave-induced loading of coastal structures. To perform hydraulic model studies, the division is equipped with various experimental facilities at different scales, where the 3D wave basin and twin-wave flumes represent the most important facilities. The range of the experimental installations at the institute and the Coastal Research Centre (FZK), in Hannover, reaches from a small demonstration model to one of the longest wave flumes in the world.
Within ECO-DIKE project, the LWI is mainly involved in the development and laboratory testing of green coastal revetments and sea dikes as well as the elaboration of recommendations for green sea dikes.