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NEW WEBSITE

As you may have noticed, the website has had an overhaul. I have been tinkering with Wordpress over the past months and really like it, so I switched ...

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Windtunnel Design & Construction – part 7: diffuser

    The diffuser morphs the airflow from the rectangular section to the round inlet of the fan. This proved to be the ...

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Windtunnel Design & Construction – part 6: support frame

The support frame for the wind tunnel is built from 80mmx80mm square tubes. -the front part of the tunnel (bellmouth, settling chamber, contraction ...

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Windtunnel Design & Construction – part 5: the contraction duct

  The geometry of the contraction duct is to be defined by the following constraints: -a horizontal tangent at both ends of the curve (first ...

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Windtunnel Design & Construction – part 4: welding

Welding was done in the Antwerp workshop, with Kristof Arickx. A welding table was set up from  80x80mm square tubes.   The 6mm lasercut ...

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Windtunnel Design & Construction – part 3: getting the parts

  The steel parts were lasercut in serveral batches at Vandenbossche Metaalwerken, Mechelen and Provan, Genk. The axial fan was sourced ...

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Windtunnel Design & Construction – part 2: design

  For reasons of durability the design brief preferred a steel-walled wind tunnel. The tunnel was conceived as a series of self-supporting ...

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Windtunnel Design & Construction – part 1: design brief

  In 2013 I designed & built the new low-speed windtunnel for the VUB, Vrije Universiteit Brussels. At the time I got asked to take on this ...

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Windtunnel tests

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Windtunnel models

  Some pictures from the models Maximillian and I have been testing in the new windtunnel. 

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VUB wind tunnel is operational…

I finished the main assembly of the new wind tunnel. I uploaded a couple of images below. Over the next months we will be resuming the tests with the ...

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Flagada tests

I have been flying a spherical model, in order to test new control systems, developed with Maximillian. It features adjusteable-pitch tiltrotors, ...

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Limited series prints

      Concept drawings, available as limited series prints, 30x45cm. Edition of 4x 30 numbered & signed ...

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Hydrostatic models

  Hydrostatic models Verbeke Foundation, Left to right: hydrostatic simulation of gasbag, model of load-bearing structure, inverted simulation of ...

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Gasbag simulations

Early shape study for the gasbag ...

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9-meter model: construction

To obtain an easier-to-build airship, the design has a flat underbelly. This shape has clear and pragmatic advantages in construction, but needs to be ...

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