Nothing like the real thing! So when the Liberty Science Center wanted to show how real world building systems protect tall buildings from the effects of wind, they asked us to build a wind tunnel that would simulate winds of over 100 mph.
See it in action! The Curtain Wall Test
The Liberty Science Center wind tunnel demonstrates the effectiveness of skyscraper glazing systems, or curtain walls. The experience begins when visitors enter a chamber donned with raincoats and eye protection. Once protected by the element, a 75 horsepower VFD controlled axial fan simulates the power and force of a 100 mph wind storm. Subsequently, the curtain wall element is closed and the power and force of the wind is rebuffed, leaving the visitors calm and dry, just as occupants of modern high-rise buildings are protected within from environmental conditions. See a real world example.
The project proved to be highly complex. The challenge was to engineer a scientifically sound simulation room with reliable safety systems, enhance the experience by incorporating the show experience into the element and all within a limited budget and time frame.
Working with the education design team, Entech Innovative Engineering delivered the immersive exhibit on-time and within budget. The Curtain Wall has become one of the Science Center’s premier iconic exhibits, a must for their 866,000 plus visitors each year.