Canadian researchers have created a wind simulator that can recreate tornado-like conditions.
It will be used to study the effect of turbulence on wind turbines, buildings and other structures. The project has been described as a ‘necessary quantum leap forward in wind research’.
It is claimed to be the world’s first hexagonal wind tunnel and is 40 metres in diameter.
It has the ability to simulate a variety of complex wind conditions. Researchers hope to understand how bigger turbines will cope as they are affected by wind conditions on a larger scale.
Professor Horia Hangan, Director of the Wind EEE Research Institute at Western University Canada said: “We very much look forward to communicating the further results from our work as we progress with leading research and educational programmes at Western University.”