4c Engineering partnered with Irish wave developer Waveram and Basque technology company TECNALIA in a successful bid to the Europewave Stage 1 competition.

Along with our involvement with concept design work for a full-scale device, 4c led the tank testing campaign at the FloWave test tank. We designed and built a pair of compact scale models of the device, complete with instrumentation to measure properties such as water levels, air pressures, and structural loads. These models were carefully designed to match the scaled dimensions, mass properties and air spring properties of the proposed full-scale device. We made heavy use of our rapid prototyping skills, with 3d-printed, laser-cut, and CNC-machined parts all produced, assembled and instrumented up in a very short timeframe.

A video showing the tank testing in action can be viewed here.