Eadon, who were the mechanical and structural designers on the project, carried out all of the calculations and the development of the concept. The project also saw engineers continue through to the detailed design and 3D model and manufacturing drawings. The team found that the project presented several challenges during the process and were required to make significant changes to the mechanism and strengthening concepts to ensure the MULE functioned correctly. Environmental factors also had to be taken into account as the machine is required to work in a hostile, coastal environment. As with all projects our engineers managed these challenges whilst ensureing a cost effective solution was delivered.
Work on the beach, which lies just north of Whitby, has been completed and all 360 revetments were successfully laid into place by the 5200kg mule. The completed project will protect the area from further erosion.