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Thesis Work: CFD/Thermal simulation for brake performance

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What is in it for you?
This thesis work will be carried out within the Department Driving Dynamics and NVH which is a part of VCC´s Product and Quality organization.

The braking teams within Department Driving Dynamics and NVH are responsible for product development at concept phases with requirement settings and concept work but also support quality issues in production. They work closely with suppliers, laboratory testing and complete vehicle testing. They are responsible for updating CAE methods, update scripts and developed internal toolboxes, perform brake CAE NVH simulation and data analysis.


Disc brakes are the most common brake systems used in passenger cars. Disc brakes are essential in the development of a car since they are a safety system used to prevent car accidents, even with the electrification pursued by the automotive industry and the introduction of regenerative brakes, friction brakes still play a crucial role to ensure correct brake performance. A correct thermal analysis of the friction brakes is necessary to:

Evaluate fulfilment of the target requirements;

optimize their design towards performance/weight;

Estimate the effects on the braking performance of changes in vehicle surrounding areas (body, air ducts, wheel, …)

Currently FE models are mainly used in the early phase of the product development to dimension and design the friction brakes. To increase reliability and have a broader evaluation on the complete vehicle influence, VCC is looking towards CFD methods to simulate different demanding load cases relevant for brakes dimensioning.

The thesis will be largely connected to the brake cooling project developed in the recent years at VCC and the standard methods used to dimension the brake system.


This thesis work will include the following parts:

Literature survey of the different CFD approaches towards brake cooling;

Test different methodologies used for simulation of the air flow around and inside the brakes;

Perform complete vehicle CFD simulations of external flow;

Analyse the cooling air flow and cooling/thermal capacity of the simulated designs;

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.

The work will be perform in close collaboration with Chalmers VEAS division at the department of Mechanics and Maritime Science



  • Enrolled at the last year of Master Program in  Automotive Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering Physics
  • Good knowledge in aerodynamics and thermodynamics;
  • Basic knowledge in STAR CCM+ is mandatory;
  • Knowledge in Abaqus, BETA Cae Systems ANSA or any FEM software is meritorious;
  • Ability to work independently and in group, to read and understand scientific papers.



Estimated start date in the first six months of 2020 according to student availability (20weeks paid internship)

ECTS (Academic Credits, Högskolepoäng) 30 ECTS


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 2019-10-31

Contact details
If you have further questions please contact:

Alessandro Travagliati,

Alexey Vdovin,



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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, O, SE

Job requisition ID:  27098

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