Tekla Structures BIM software

Castle House residential tower generates its own power through a series of wind turbines. Collaboration between an engineering company and steel consultant was vital to the success and delivery of the project, and both the companies are proud to integrate themselves to the team using Tekla Structures BIM software.

BIM collaboration creates green tower of wind power

Green towers are the new sustainable construction standard. Wind turbines are built on top of any tower over 20 stories to produce on-site energy. Built by developers of London, the project involved two buildings: a 43-storey building rising to 147 meters above ground level with three 9-meter diameter wind turbines at the top, and an adjacent 5-storey pavilion building. The Castle House provides 310 apartments along with retail units on the ground level.

Distinctive design

The three wind turbine enclosures modelled by the engineering company, which are a part of the scheme also known as Strata. The design is made distinctive by the turbines, and when combined with the sloping upper floors, they give the look of a certain shaving product, hence named as Electric Razor.

This is actually far more complex than the initial impression with hundreds of unique brackets in the model to support the external cladding system. Once again it is a great example of the diversity of the models we now see created in Tekla Structures.

The model of the 20-meter tall wind farm shows the enclosures that contain the turbines to form the housing around the plane of the blades, improving overall efficiency whilst avoiding wind noise or vibration. The top section of the steel element contains the wind turbines within an elliptical frame design.

The enclosures for the three turbines consist of 24 individual elliptical CHS sections and 6 curved CHS sections. Between these CHS components, beams connected to fin plates form a rib cage for the cladding. The steel structure was modeled in Tekla Structures to complement the shape of the top of the building and to form a complete frame to support the cladding in line with the main building. It has three circular openings. These are parallel to each other. With the building having curved and sloping faces this causes the face of the openings to be elliptical in differing planes to each other.

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