The Division of “Hydromechanics, Coastal and Ocean Engineering” (HYKU) was founded in 1971 and since then it is one of four divisions of the Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources (LWI) at the Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS).

Currently, there are 16 academic staff members working on 10 different research projects, covering a wide range of topics ranging from nature-based coastal protection to the analysis of wave-structure interaction, using numerical, experimental, and field data.

The LWI, is equipped with a hydraulic laboratory with a working area of 5600 m², in which sea state, coast morphology, loading of coastal structures and wave-vegetation interaction is investigated experimentally. Various experimental facilities at different scales are available at the division; however, the twin-wave flume and the large 3D wave basin represent the most important facilities.

Furthermore, HYKU is involved in the Coastal Research Centre (FZK) in Hanover, featuring one of the largest wave flumes in the world (307m long, 7m deep, 5m wide). The FZK is a joint central organisation of the Leibniz Universität Hannover and TUBS.


Professor Nils Goseberg received his PhD at the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany in 2011, and successfully defended his habilitation thesis in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering also at LUH in 2017. From 2014-2017, Professor Nils Goseberg worked as a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa on a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship. In 2018, he was appointed as Full Professor in Braunschweig, chairing the Division of Hydromechanics, Coastal and Ocean Engineering at the Leichweiß-Institut for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources. He also acts as Managing Director of Large Wave Flume at Coastal Research Centre in Hannover.

Christian Windt graduated from the Hamburg University of Technology with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (2013) and a M.Sc. in Energy Systems (2016). In 2020, Christian received a PhD from Maynooth University, Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER), with a thesis focused on high-fidelity numerical hydrodynamic modelling of wave energy converters in the CFD framework. Currently, Christian works as the project coordinator of the NuLIMAS project.

Prof. Nils Goseberg
Dr. Christian Windt