Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dr. ir. Christof Devriendt

Professor and FWO post-doctoral researcher

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Building Z - Room ZW119
Pleinlaan , 2
B-1050 Brussels

Phone: +32 2 6292390
Fax: +32 2 6292865


Devriendt Christof was born in Ostend, Belgium, 1981. With the European Erasmus-program he studied one year in Portugal at the Instituto Superior Técnico, were he wrote his Master-thesis. He received the degree in mechanical-electrotechnical engineering in 2004 from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. After his stay in Lisbon he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) in the Acoustics & Vibration Research Group (AVRG). He received in 2005 a scholarship from the IWT to start a phd. He obtained his phd in april 2010 and was soon after granted a FWO position to continue his research on a post-doctoral level. His main research interests are situated in the field of system identification, modal analysis and structural health monitoring. Currenlty he is coordinating the Brussels Wind Energy Research Institute, BruWind. The research program of BruWind covers various aspects of modern wind turbine technology.The main research-objective is cost reduction by increasing the availability and reliability of wind turbines, by optimizing the operation and maintenance management of wind farms by using state-of-the are monitoring solutions. (more info: www.bruwind.eu) At the moment he is also the scientific coordinator at the VUB of the research project “ The Flanders Offshore Wind Infrastructure project.” The partners of this project are: Sirris, VUB, 3E, Hanssens Transmission, CG, DEME GeoSea, Agoria. The Offshore Wind Infrastructure research initiative consists in the realisation of a number of investments allowing for the monitoring and modeling of offshore wind energy resources and of the behaviour of systems components in offshore wind farms. On the short term, the project aims at the setup of a complete wind-monitoring and testing infrastructure. It aims at improving the lifetime of offshore wind turbine components, at optimising the Operation and Maintenance strategies for offshore wind parks and maximising the energy output of offshore wind farms. (more info: http://www.owi-lab.be/)

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