Tidal Turbines - Another Client Success Story


Tidal Turbines – Another Client Success Story

Get It Made recently had great success working alongside the Tidal and Wind Energy Research Group at the University of Oxford to produce high quality CNC machined parts for their international research project.

Their project, which conducted research into constructive interference effects on tidal turbines is another example of Get It Made’s close partnership with universities and research institutions. 

With support from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the MaRINET2 Transnational Access programme, the team at the University of Oxford recently conducted a series of experimental tests at the SSPA hydrodynamic test facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, with two tidal turbines. The experiments were highly successful and demonstrated underlying physics and the superior performance that can be achieved through the use of constructive interference.

The turbine models consisted of 1.2m diameter rotors with a nacelle of 1m length, and included a variety of sensors to measure individual blade and overall rotor loads, as well as a motor and gearbox to control the speed in different conditions. The precision of the CNC machined components from Get It Made ensured the turbine drivetrains operated smoothly and the electrical equipment stayed dry which was essential for obtaining high quality results. 

Why choose Get It Made for CNC parts?

The University of Oxford chose Get It Made to manufacture the turbine body and drivetrain components using Aluminium and Stainless Steel. Dr James McNaughton, a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the university stated: “Not only were Get It Made’s costs competitive but what really set them apart from the field is their response time to queries and lead-time for components. All the parts arrived in great condition and within the specified tolerances. Thanks to the high quality parts with precision tolerances, the nacelles remained dry, and the tests ran well and we obtained valuable data to move the project forwards.”

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