Vienna Model Basin was founded 1912 under the patronage of the Austrian K. u. K.-Navy. Back then Vienna Model Basin’s towing tank was the largest tank in the world.
For more than a century, the private and independent
Vienna Model Basoin has influenced and led
developments of testing technology, methods,
standardisation and numerical procedures to solve
Vienna Model Basin was founded 1912 under the patronage of the Austrian K. u. K.-Navy. Friedrich Gebers was appointed as director of the tank in autumn 1911 when he was already engaged in the design of the towing tank. The appointment of Gebers was a fortunate coincidence as he was very experienced in constructing and reconstructing towing tanks in Übigau and Berlin. Besides his drive and expertise Gebers was highly skilled in the design and construction of measurement devices and testing facilities.After the break down of the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy the model basin soon could gain international appreciation, especially by the development of measuring equipment as well as the design and outfitting of ship model basins.In March 1945 Vienna Model Basin was hit by a bomb, unable to continue with operation and therefore closed.Despite the desolate situation after World War II, particularly in Austria, former employees started to build up the towing tank in 1951 under the leadership of Dr. Leopold Kretschmer, who was already employed since 1926. In 1953 work could be resumed. The membership society Schiffbautechnische Versuchsanstalt in Wien installed a new board in 1961; in 1963 the European Revocery Program (ERP) funded a new office building and some technical devices. Ever since the model basin in Vienna has the ability to manufacture ship models from wood and paraffin up to a length of 10 m including all appendages and propellers in calm water and in sea state. Dr. Leopold Kretschmer retired in 1976.As the number of committee members of the membership society decreased the society was shut down and the company given to the employees of the model basin under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Strasser. He is running the company called Schiffbautechnische Versuchsanstalt in Wien GmbH / Vienna Model Basin Ltd with his associate Dr. Clemens Strasser.Vienna Model Basin Ltd improved its facilities to state-of-the-art technologies and extended its field of operation by integrating a cavitation tank and a wind tunnel. Many of the simulations are carried out numerically but need to be validated with model tests. Though a site in Austria focusing on naval architecture has only limited interests in the shipping industry and due to the fact that there are a number of well- known modern and large model basins in Europe, Vienna Model Basin Ltd is still competing and more than ever in demand. This is certainly credit of the leadership and its employees who perform worldwide acknowledged excellent experiments of various kinds based on principles of Friedrich Gebers and the work of Leopold Kretschmer.
SCHIFFBAUTECHNISCHE VERSUCHSANSTALT IN WIEN GMBHVIENNA MODEL BASIN LTD