Myriad Wind Demo Model

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Myriad Wind Turbine Demonstrator Model

Myriad Wind Energy Systems are designing the next generation of high-performance wind turbines. Their vision is to make wind energy more affordable, in particular, targeting remote hard-to-reach locations with their multi-rotor, modular design. Myriad’s design brings with it an array of benefits not previously found in traditional single rotor systems such as reduced costs, easier component transport and greater energy generation.

Myriad Wind logo blue

Myriad Wind Turbine Demonstrator Model

Myriad Wind Energy Systems are designing the next generation of high-performance wind turbines. Their vision is to make wind energy more affordable, in particular, targeting remote hard-to-reach locations with their multi-rotor, modular design. Myriad’s design brings with it an array of benefits not previously found in traditional single rotor systems such as reduced costs, easier component transport and greater energy generation.

The Business Need/Requirements

Myriad were progressing the concept engineering of their project, while also building the business case for their technology. CAD models had been produced to communicate the concept, however they decided that a physical scaled demonstrator model could grab the attention of conference attendees, and provide an intuitive visualisation for potential investors and commercial partners.

Myriad approached 4c Engineering to challenge us with the design and build of an accurately scaled functional model to communicate their concept to a range of audiences.

The Business Need/Requirements

Myriad were progressing the concept engineering of their project, while also building the business case for their technology. CAD models had been produced to communicate the concept, however they decided that a physical scaled demonstrator model could grab the attention of conference attendees, and provide an intuitive visualisation for potential investors and commercial partners.

Myriad approached 4c Engineering to challenge us with the design and build of an accurately scaled functional model to communicate their concept to a range of audiences.

“The model was a huge success at the conference, catching the attention of pretty much everyone that walked past. Thanks again all for doing such a great job with it.”

Peter Taylor, COO, Myriad Wind

The Project

4c Engineering carefully listened to the client’s requirements which included:

  • Rotating blades to simulate power generation;

  • Movable truss, able to pivot on the tower to face the wind to simulate generation optimisation;
  • Easy assembly & disassembly of the model with a protective case for transportation;
  • Accurate scaling of the model and components to ensure the model is representative;
  • Visually appealing design.

The Project

4c Engineering carefully listened to the client’s requirements which included:

  • Rotating blades to simulate power generation;

  • Movable truss, able to pivot on the tower to face the wind to simulate generation optimisation;
  • Easy assembly & disassembly of the model with a protective case for transportation;
  • Accurate scaling of the model and components to ensure the model is representative;
  • Visually appealing design.

Our Activities and Deliverables

To meet Myriad’s brief, we:

  • Reviewed Myriad’s current concept design and 3D renders, breaking down the design into the components required for a functioning scale model;
  • Carried out a scaling exercise to identify a suitable scale which could be easily transported yet large enough to include the required details – this provided us with a list of dimensions to target for each component;
  • Procured “off the shelf” components wherever possible which closely matched the desired dimensions;
  • Generated 3D CAD of both custom and off the shelf components to build an accurate virtual representation of the model, allowing checks of the assembly process;
  • Produced parts using inhouse manufacturing capabilities such as resin and filament 3D printing and laser profile cutting; rapid iterations of custom components reviewed on the basis of functionality, aesthetics and ease of manufacture allowed the model to be completed within a short timeframe;
  • Designed and implemented controls and electronics, in microcontroller and servo control to enable speed control of rotors and positional control of truss tower;
  • Engaged with the client in regular design review meetings to ensure that they were happy with the design and decisions that had been made whilst also taking feedback from the client.

Our Activities and Deliverables

To meet Myriad’s brief, we:

  • Reviewed Myriad’s current concept design and 3D renders, breaking down the design into the components required for a functioning scale model;
  • Carried out a scaling exercise to identify a suitable scale which could be easily transported yet large enough to include the required details – this provided us with a list of dimensions to target for each component;
  • Procured “off the shelf” components wherever possible which closely matched the desired dimensions;
  • Generated 3D CAD of both custom and off the shelf components to build an accurate virtual representation of the model, allowing checks of the assembly process;
  • Produced parts using inhouse manufacturing capabilities such as resin and filament 3D printing and laser profile cutting; rapid iterations of custom components reviewed on the basis of functionality, aesthetics and ease of manufacture allowed the model to be completed within a short timeframe;
  • Designed and implemented controls and electronics, in microcontroller and servo control to enable speed control of rotors and positional control of truss tower;
  • Engaged with the client in regular design review meetings to ensure that they were happy with the design and decisions that had been made whilst also taking feedback from the client.

Outcomes

4c Engineering carefully listened to the client’s requirements which included:

  • Fully functioning demonstrator model designed, manufactured and delivered within 8 weeks from purchase order;

  • Record of design process documented within a design log which was issued weekly to the client;
  • In-house manufacture of all custom components;
  • User manual, CAD files and video walk through of assembly procedure provided to client;
  • Model delivered packaged inside protective waterproof transport case.