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Thesis Work - Optical flow validation of a Gearbox for an electric machine

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! 




At Volvo Car Corporation, we are focusing on pure electric vehicles. In the CAE team at the Propulsion Department of Research and Development we support and guide the development of the latest Gearboxes and Electric Machines.

The combination of high torque and compact installations sets new targets for the driveline. Durability and performance of the gearbox are important attributes with high focus. It is crucial to maintain adequate lubrication of the mechanical components to attain the best possible attributes.



Visualization of flow inside a Gearbox is important for both validation of CFD simulations and as inspiration for new lubrication concepts. This project consists of three parts:

  1. Construction of a Gearbox for electric machines with transparent parts, allowing optical access to the gears and bearings.
  2. Optical measurements of the flow field and comparison to CFD simulations.
  3. Follow up with calibrated CFD model to comply with results.



The successful candidate is expected to be a master student from mechanical engineering and courses in numerical analysis and CFD & heat transfer. We believe that you are an analytical person and are capable of working independently with responsibility. Since the thesis consist of both a simulation part and a more abstract phase with physical testing it would be of high value if the student had strong abilities in both areas. You should have previous knowledge of physical measurements and analytical tools. We see that you have experience with CFD software and possess a problem solving-mindset.


The thesis requires the student to be physically presented in Gothenburg Volvo Cars Corporation from time to time.



  • The work will start in January 2021, to be discussed
  • 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 1 student


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 personal letter, CV and grades/references for relevant courses/projects.

 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:

Supervisor, Johan Brunberg,  johan.brunberg@volvocars.com


We want your application at the latest 2020-12-09


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, Sweden

Job requisition ID:  48369

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