Armada offshore platform - wind tunnel model creation
Armada Model Designs' existence is due in no small part to the British Gas Armada Platform. Our first contract, in May 1993, was for the construction of a simplified wind tunnel model of the Armada platform. The aim was to assess fledgling Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations by direct comparison with wind tunnel tests. In those days, converting the virtual into the physical was extremely labour intensive.
Today, we create CAD models that are 'printed out' on additive-manufacturing machines (3D printers). This makes the process of model creation quicker and allows complicated geometries to be reproduced accurately.