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MSc Thesis Project Advanced control of future electric propulsion systems that meet the dynamic requirements of small passenger vehicles

About the company

ÅF is an engineering and consulting company for the energy, industrial and infrastructure markets, creating progress for our clients since 1895. By connecting technologies we provide profitable, innovative and sustainable solutions to shape the future and improve people's lives. Building on our strong base in Europe, our business and clients are found all over the world.
ÅF – Innovation by experience.

About the job

ÅF has more than 1 500 engineers working in the international automotive industry. We have extensive experience in executing on-site as well as outsourced assignments and is running 10 automotive customer satellites. Our customers are mainly in Sweden, Brazil, UK, and China where we also have subsidiaries and offices.

Title Master Thesis Project: Advanced control of future electric propulsion systems that meet the dynamic requirements of small passenger vehicles

Background: Electric propulsion systems have advantages over conventional ones regarding high power density, short response time and better controllability. However, for future vehicles, equipped with more sophisticated safety functions, the requirements for controllability will be even higher. Also new driving cycles used for energy consumption, correlating better with normal driving, will put higher demands on drivetrain control.

Objective: The task is to study potential measures to improve controllability of electric drivetrains, in the view of ongoing development trends.

Methods: Through literature studies and interviews with subject matter experts, determine status and trends in e-motor technology, transmissions and power electronics. Analyse strengths and weaknesses regarding controllability of current and future systems. Develop principles, methods and solutions to improve the control accuracy, response time, predictability and reliability. Identify electrical as well as mechanical measures. Finally, demonstrate the findings theoretically with vehicles performing active safety manoeuvres. Driving scenarios of interest are quick acceleration (to prevent rear end collision), braking on low/split-m and crash avoidance manoeuvres using lateral displacement.

Deliverables: A report including: 

  • technical trends in electric propulsion technology
  • principles for improving controllability, i.e. response time, precision and predictability
  • demonstration of a typical drivetrain with/without improvements

Who are you?

Preferably 2 Master students with specialization in Automotive Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Electric Engineering or   Product Development. You have strong analytical capability and use logic and methods to solve problems in an efficient manner. You also have a desire to develop technical and personal skills with high levels of motivation and a positive attitude.  

Please submit your application already today, we handle the applications continuously.

We offer

We are looking for someone who wants to be part of ÅF’s success story. Are you passionate about technology development? Do you like to work together to find the best solution? Then we can offer you career opportunities in a modern workplace with challenging assignments and exciting projects all over the world.

The ÅF Group is ranked as one of Sweden’s most popular employer among engineers. At ÅF you will be involved in developing innovative and sustainable solutions within infrastructure, energy and industry. We are always looking for the sharpest skills that can create a future society together with us. We hope you will learn as much from us as we will learn from you.

Contact information

Gunnar Olsson, +46 705 185 794
Stefan Karlström, +46 723 767 523

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