ADES, an industry-leading manufacturer of solar tracking systems decided to implement SolidWorks design and analysis software to ensure better efficiency and accelerated time-to-market for their wind turbine project.
ADES engineers believed that the company’s autonomous tracking systems might also have applications for wind turbines to control the orientation of the turbine blades to catch the wind.
ADES needed a system for simulating the complex physics involved in wind turbine design in order to introduce breakthrough products such as the ADES pendular wind turbine efficiently and cost-effectively.
The company decided to upgrade its development environment from the AutoCAD and Solid Edge design tools it was using till then, to an integrated platform that provided both design and simulation capabilities, which they found in SolidWorks.
ADES decided to implement SolidWorks Premium, SolidWorks Simulation Premium and SolidWorks Flow Simulation software as they believed that the integrated design and analysis solution would improve efficiency and accelerate time-to-market.
The unique ADES pendular wind turbine employs a downwind construction shape that automatically orients itself towards the wind by means of three passive mechanical systems.
Using SolidWorks’ structural simulation and fluid-flow simulation tools, ADES created a design that compensates, accumulates, and reinstates wind speed variations, preventing them from affecting the evenness of generator rotation and subsequently diminishing structural overload and power peaks caused by wind gusts.
Key results for ADES:
- Cut design cycle by 25%
- Shortened time-to-market by 50%
- Reduced scrap/rework costs by 33%
- Created a revolutionary wind turbine design
SolidWorks 3D CAD design software is also available in Australia and New Zealand from Intercad .