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Thesis Work - Lead in energy efficiency, real-world tire rolling resistance assessment

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! 



Tire rolling resistance is one of the single largest inputs, contributing to approximately 25% of the total vehicle energy loss.  It has a direct influence on range and impact on customers’ perception of the vehicle. Minimizing rolling resistance in actual driving situations (so called real-world rolling resistance) is the key step towards maximizing range and sustainability.

Rolling resistance is the force that resists the motion of rolling. Under vehicle loading, the tires are deformed and generate energy loss. Currently, the globally accepted practice is to certify tire rolling resistance for an in-house laboratory specification (Ref ISO 28580), with standard drum dimension, surface and thermal condition. The ISO value of rolling resistance provides a common ground for tire comparison, but it neglects the influence from various external factors, which include vehicle load, speed, tire temperature, road roughness and driving maneuvers. For example, the ISO standard only accounts for the warmed-up tires in stabilized condition, while in real-world scenario, tires typically do not get warmed up due to short inter-city driving, which results in much higher real-world rolling resistance and energy loss.  


In order to lead in real-world vehicle energy efficiency, there is a pending need for Volvo to establish a method to evaluate and set criteria on rolling resistance based on its real-world value. To this end, the thesis will include

  1. Literature survey of real-world rolling resistance
  2. Statistical analysis of Volvo ‘real-world’ drive cycle
  3. Explore measurement method of tire rolling resistance for various external factors
  4. Analysis of measurement data and calibrating numerical rolling resistance models
  5. Correlation study between ISO rolling resistance and measured rolling resistance
  6. Create strategy to maximize customer experience using real-world rolling resistance data

Establish a method to evaluate and set criteria on rolling resistance based on its real-world value.


The successful candidates are expected to be master students from mechanical engineering and/or engineering mathematics. You should be self-motivated and explorative. You have a strong mathematical and analytical background and an interest in practical application of your knowledge in mechanical engineering.


The thesis requires the students to be physically presented in Gothenburg Volvo Cars Corporation to perform the experiments.



  • The work will start in January 2021 
  • The duration for this thesis work is 20 weeks.
  • 30 ECTS (academic credits) if in agreement with your Thesis Advisor in University
  • This thesis is to be conducted by either 1 or 2 Students working in pair.


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:

Dr. Xin Li,

Volvo Cars Corporation

E-mail: xin.li.11@volvocars.com

Tel: +46-76-854 40 84


Johan Holmberg

Volvo Cars Corporation

E-mail: johan.holmberg.4@volvocars.com

Tel: +46-72-970 71 92


We want your application at the latest 2020-12-08


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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:  48111

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