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Thesis Work - Comparison of highly environmentally friendly E-machine alternatives

Thesis Worker at Volvo Cars

Welcome to explore the world of Volvo Cars by writing your thesis with us! As a thesis worker in our organization you are supported by a supervisor who follows you during your project. All thesis projects are arranged in business critical areas and therefore you will be able to contribute to our company purpose – providing freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way – from day one! 



Performance comparison of highly environmentally friendly E-machine, with more traditional alternatives


The Electric Drive department 97700 at Volvo Cars is proud of being responsible for designing and delivering system solution and functionality for the inverters, electric machine, and transmission, in our electrified vehicles. 
Our vision is to become “Leading in electrification” and we are aiming to contribute to world class energy efficiency, E-machine functionality, sustainability, customer satisfaction and best performance and drivability, to all our future products.


Currently, E-machines typically use NdFeB-magnets and copper wires with round cross-section. To change into conductors with rectangular cross-section, so called “hairpins”, is an ongoing process which can lead to a slightly reduced environmental impact through a better performance. Further steps can be taken by using ferrite magnets or by removing the magnets in the rotor completely. Furthermore, replacing the copper in the stator with aluminum can lead to even more reduction in the environmental impact of the E-machine.


Of course, such environmental improvements come with a reduced performance, and thus the machines will be a bit larger. However, from an environmental impact point of view, the total result is likely favorable when taking the environmentally more friendly materials. However, this needs to be established through an investigation of the material composition as well as its energy consumption when used in an electric vehicle application.

The main objective of the thesis work is to investigate the aluminum winding in a Synchronous reluctance machine (SynRM), with and without ferrite magnets in the rotor, which is a machine type that is highly promising from an environmental perspective. The goal is to compare such a machine with an existing ‘standard E-machine’. Both round wires and hairpins are investigated and compared. If time allows the impact of exchanging copper conductors to aluminum conductors in the stator can be investigated. 


The steps are:

  • Literature study of previous work done in this field. 
  • Training using FEM software and establishing the performance of the existing E-machine.
  • Designing the environmentally friendly machine alternatives and establishing their performance in terms of material and energy consumption.
  • Production of final report.


You are studying Master's in Electrical engineering or similar, including E-machine courses. Your experience using FEM is highly valuable.

  • The duration of the thesis work is approx. 4-5 months onsite VCC.
  • It starts in spring 2022, exact date to be discussed.
  • 30 ECTS (academic credits) if in agreement with your University.
  • Number of students: 1 or 2, working in pair.    
  • Computer and software will be arranged by the University and Volvo Cars. 


How to Learn More and Apply 
Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. Attach your resume and cover letter and copies of grades. You can provide a reference if you would like. Please note that due to GDPR, applications by email will not be accepted. If you have any additional questions regarding the position, you are welcome to contact: thesis supervisor: Elisabet Jansson,  elisabet.jansson@volvocars.com, or hiring manager: Anders Thulin, Anders.Thulin@volvocars.com

We would appreciate your application at the latest by 2021-11-07


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Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Job requisition ID:  54627

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