The tornado simulator exhibit at the Museum of Science + Industry in Chicago is a captivating and educational experience designed to provide visitors with a firsthand understanding of the power and dynamics of tornadoes. McLaren’s contribution to the project involved structurally engineering the museum exhibit’s framing and ceiling supports to withstand wind and air pressure forces.
In this exhibit, spectators have the opportunity to step inside a 40-foot-tall indoor tornado simulator to experience the effects of a tornado. The museum’s exhibit features swirling air and a continuous stream of vapor rising from the floor. Visitors can control various parameters such as wind speed and moisture levels from both levels of the two-story interactive exhibit.