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Uploaded on May 11, 2011
Texas Tech's VorTECH Tornado Simulator is the newest tool in the race to understand tornado development, force, and destruction. The simulator can recreate a swirling tornado by using large fans and wind vanes to create the rotation. Theatrical smoke then provides a visible tornado.
Darryl James, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE) associate, and his team spent more than a year and a half building the device known as VorTECH.