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Magnus effect: Wind and Marine Energy



The aim of the Magnus Effect was to build a scale offshore wind jacket, to promote renewable energies, in particular wind and marine energy, among VET students.

This Pilot Experience addressed the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors as more recently, offshore wind energy structures are typically manufactured in local shipyards. The production of offshore jackets provides shipyards with new manufacturing opportunities and enables them to widen their scope. This is made possible due to the similarities in the manufacturing processes and it enables them to them take advantage of the existing synergies between both types of products: ships and offshore structures. This activity can have an important impact on local economies. For example, located nearby the CIFP Someso’ VET centre a large shipyard which had previously experienced a long period of underuse and low workload has in recent years turned to offshore jacket production


How to use this resource

The “AIRLESS” VR tool was developed with the UNITY 3D tool. The user puts it on the HTC Vive goggles and with the control is able to paint a structure on a real scale immersed in a scenario that replicates the Navantia Fene facilities, where offshore wind jackets are manufactured. The VR tool not only faithfully represents the painting process graphically, but also there is a code underneath that collects all the information (times, the painting speeds, the trigger tightening %, the distance from the gun to the piece as well as the angle between the two, the paint consumption, etc.) from the simulation and saves it. So, the trainer can assess the performance of each student, and the student can improve his/her painting skills on large metal structures. This tool was fed with real data provided by the company INDASA, which on the one hand provided data on painting techniques, materials, consumption and on the other hand carried out the simulator validation tests. According Jorge Silveira (manager at INDASA) The AIRLESS VR tool gives a good representation of their daily work.


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Offshore and renewable energy




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