Ripple Tank Assembly

Product Code: WA-9897


Pair this Ripple Tank with the Ripple Generator/Light Source (WA-9896) to demonstrate wave phenomena more clearly than ever before.


  • Reliable and easy to use
  • Four foam “beaches” reduce reflection from walls
  • Reflectors, refractors and diffraction barriers allow for the study of a variety of wave phenomena
  • Includes an easy-to-use drain pipe consisting of a piece of flexible vinyl tubing and a tube clamp
  • Supported by three detachable legs with adjustable feet


  • Speed of Wave Propagation
  • Superposition of Waves
  • Effects of Varying Water Depth
  • Reflection, Refraction, and Diffraction

How It Works

Create waves with the  Ripple Generator (WA-9896) in the water-filled Ripple Tank. The LED white light (also part of WA-9896) shining from above produces shadows of the moving waves on an aluminized acrylic surface positioned at an angle below the tank which in turn reflects the wave patterns on a 33 cm x 33 cm translucent plastic viewing screen for all students to clearly observe.

What’s Included

  • 1 x Tank with Legs
  • 1 x Projection Mirror and Screen
  • 1 x Strobe Mounting Rod
  • 1 x Refractors (convex, concave, rhomboid)
  • 1 x Curved Reflector
  • 4 x Diffraction Barriers (2 long, 1 short, 1 mini)
  • 1 x Plastic Storage Box for components
  • 1 x Surfactant
  • 1 x Drainage Tube (30 cm) with Clamp
  • 1 x 1 L Plastic Beaker
  • 1 x Pipette
  • 1 x Clear Plastic Ruler
  • 1 x Water Resistant Storage Box for Entire System

Product Specifications

Viewing Area 34 cm x 34 cm
Usable Tank Depth 1 cm
Drain Tube 30 cm long
Projection Screen 35.6 cm x 38.8 cm wide
Acrylic Mirror 49.8 cm x 38.8 cm wide
Light Source Support Rod 46 cm long
Water-Resistant Storage Box 64 cm x 52 cm x 17 cm

Buying Guide

Required Accessories P/N
2x Large Rod Base ME-8735
2x 90 cm Stainless Steel Rod ME-8738
1x Ripple Generator & Light Source WA-9896
Replacement Parts P/N
Ripple Tank Screen WA-9881
Ripple Tank Optics Replacement Set WA-9898

Support Documents

Ripple Tank Assembly Manual

Tergitol L 62 Safety Data Sheet