Antoine Vergaerde obtained his degree of Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Technology specialized in Aviation Technology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2016. His particular interest for fluid mechanics motivated him to begin his career as a PhD researcher amongst the FLOW research group. Since October 2016, he has conducted several test campaigns in some of the largest wind tunnel facilities in Europe. Aside from his research activity, Antoine is also a teaching assistant at the VUB teaching subjects related to fluid dynamics, computer-aided design, mechanical systems and aircraft structures. He also guides several technical student projects at the Electromechanical Engineering Technology department. His gained experimental experience also allows him to support master projects related to wind tunnel tests and experimental work.
Antoine’s research is focussed on the experimental study of paired vertical-axis wind turbines. Because, to support the increasing demand for renewable energy, the potential of wind energy needs to be expanded using unconventional turbines. One example are the vertical-axis wind turbines. These exhibit the remarkable characteristic to produce more energy as a pair compared to two individual ones. Antoine supports his study of paired vertical-axis wind turbines with wind tunnel tests of models that were designed, built and tested within the FLOW research group.