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  • Software-defined vehicles are transforming the automotive industry. The vehicle of the future will no longer be differentiated by mechanical characteristics, but by software related features. As a consequence, current automotive development processes and the R&D organization must be rethought. In this paper you will develop a methodology to assess the readiness for software-defined-vehicle development of companies and assess what needs in terms of processes, organizational set-up and competences.

     

     

    Your task and profile

    • Elaboration of the influence of the trend software-defined vehicles on the product development process and the development organization
    • Development of a question-based scheme to assess the "readiness" of major Automotive OEMs and suppliers
    • Preparation, execution, and discussion of the results of a survey that shall be conducted together with a professional market research institute
    • Study of Industrial, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or a related field of study

     

  • Electrification and hydrogen have gained a central position in decarbonization of on-road transport, but there is no clear answer yet on how to decarbonize other applications such as ships, airplanes and off-road machinery. Among others, a big challenge for such applications is constituted by the need for local energy supply at scale, for example at harbors and airports.

    Microgrids can offer opportunities not only to decentralize energy generation but also to optimize the overall eco-system, reducing carbon footprint and TCOs

    Within this master thesis you will have the chance to analyze both the technical and economic aspects of selected microgrid concepts.

  • Hydrogen is becoming a crucial part of the mobility transition. To bring hydrogen-based propulsion to competitiveness hydrogen production needs to be expanded, prices need to decrease and supply chains need to be established internationally. This master thesis targets the evaluation of technical and economical potential of high voltage direct current infrastructure combined with local hydrogen production in the EU (and North Africa).

    Your tasks:

    • Demand-side and supply-side market evaluation
    • Technical design and economical calculation of an initial HVDC grid to link relevant supply and demand sites
    • calculation of average hydrogen production costs
  • Battery-electric cars and trucks are becoming increasingly relevant as part of the decarbonization of the transport sector. For the next few years, many manufacturers have announced or already presented new models. Among other things, different high-voltage system voltages are used (e.g. 400V/800V). During this, the question arises for various stakeholders (e.g. manufacturers, charging infrastructure operators) which system voltage is suitable for which application area.

    The aim of the master‘s thesis is to develop recommendations for the different stakeholders, for example by means of a utility analysis/mathematical optimization, and to calculate the profitability based on scenarios.

    • Cost analysis of electronic products and components based on hardware decomposition within benchmark projects
    • Cost evaluations of technical concepts and solutions for target costing in early development phases
    • Identification and evaluation of cost reduction potentials in close cooperation with interdisciplinary project teams
    • Further development of existing methods and tools for cost calculation and active know-how construction
    • Documentation, presentation and discussion of results in the team and in front of customers
  • Currently the EU-Commission is discussing the target of a 55% reduction of the CO2 emission compared to 1990. In order to reach this target mobility solution, need to be considered along the entire lifetime. Beside the operation of the vehicle CO2 emissions also arise in the material production, the vehicle production and the disposal. Within this thesis a life cycle analysis model will be buildup which enables the entire ecological analysis of different powertrain and vehicle technologies. The tools should be used for sensitivity analysis and to derive final recommendations.

     

  • The change in the Automotive Industry towards electrified powertrains and functionalities as well as the endeavor towards higher sustainability also effect the material selection in passenger cars. High-performance plastics, ceramics or fiber-reinforced polymers show benefits over aluminum or steel in some application areas. However, they also have disadvantages in other areas. In this thesis, material trends shall be identified and assessed with regards to their applicability (e.g. use cases, material behavior, production processes, development trends). Final target of the investigations is to develop material roadmaps for different application areas in the vehicle.

     

  • Our master thesis program offers three ways to prepare your master thesis:

    • We offer project-related master thesis topics with a strong practical relevance. You will have the chance to be a full-time member of one of our project teams and prepare your thesis on a project-related topic. 
    • We also offer pre-defined master thesis topics which you can find on our website 
    • If you like to discuss your own topic ideas, please contact us to discuss
  • Aa a student worker your tasks will be:

    • Active support and personal responsibility for work packages in various customer projects
    • Development of presentations and application-oriented solutions
    • Conduct performance analysis and create result presentations 
    • Preparation and attendance of customer meetings
    • Cost analysis of technical products and components based on hardware decomposition within benchmark projects
    • Cost evaluations of technical concepts and solutions for target costing in early development phases
    • Identification and evaluation of cost reduction potentials in close cooperation with interdisciplinary project teams
    • Further development of existing methods and tools for cost calculation and active know-how construction
    • Documentation, presentation and discussion of results in the team and in front of customers
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