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Thesis Work: Optimal control of braking performance/Brake system response modelling

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At Volvo Cars, we believe that being curious and truly committed to understanding people is the key to future success. We are people who care about other people, working together to create new technologies and innovations for safe, sustainable and convenient mobility. Want to join us?


At research and development you will be a key contributor to the next generation outstanding luxury cars from Volvo. Together with other engineers around the world, you and your team will create innovative human-centric car technology that makes life less complicated and more enjoyable for people. Are you interested in design and connected car technology? Do you share our passion for people, the environment and our urge to create a superior driving experience? Research and Development is the place for you to prosper. The ART Deceleration is responsible for the delivery of the complete system that make us leading within Driving Experience in Braking.



Hydraulically actuated disc brakes are the most common brake systems used in passenger cars. Electrification and technology development are pushing the development of the braking system from a hydraulic/mechanical system with added electrically actuated functionalities to a pure mechatronic system where the optimal integration between electrical machines and the hydro-mechanical system (brake blending) and between hardware and software is necessary to ensure optimal brake performances and customer experience.



In a rapidly changing market, several areas of development are possible. The scope of the thesis can be adapted to the candidate evaluated to be the best fit and it’s voluntarily not fully disclosed. The target is to focus on:


  • Physical modelling of the braking system to improve control over the system behaviour
  • Development of optimal control strategies to improve the brake performances

This thesis work will include the following parts:

  • Literature survey
  • Development of an improved physical model for the braking system used in current vehicle platform
  • Evaluation of different strategies for the estimation of the state variables of the braking system
  • Evaluation of possible control strategies
  • According to the thesis development and facility availability also dyno/vehicle testing could be arranged to validate models
  • Final thesis dissertation, creation of a database of models along with its documentation.



  • Enrolled at the last year of Master Program in Automotive Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Automation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Background in model strategies of dynamic systems
  • Background in control theory/optimal control strategies
  • Good knowledge in MATLAB, Simulink and physical modelling tools (Simscape, AMESim, Dymola)
  • Ability to work independently and in group, to read, understand and write scientific papers.



Attach your resume and cover letter stating your interests within the given area and your thoughts and credentials. Please note that applications arriving later than the last application date will not be taken into consideration. Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. We want your application at the latest 2020-01-31.


Period: 20weeks. 30 ECTS (Academic Credits, Högskolepoäng)
Starting date: Estimated start date in the first six months of 2020 according to student availability

Number of students: The thesis work is suitable for 1 or 2 candidates and the application is open to students from international universities.


Contact details
If you have questions, please contact Alessandro Travagliati,


Email: alessandro.travagliati@volvocars.com



Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

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, SE

Job requisition ID:  27098

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