Graduation assignment: Topology Study

Topology Study of a Long Haul Heavy Duty Hydrogen Powered Vehicle  

  • Locatie Eindhoven
  • Afdeling Internships Eindhoven
  • Fulltime Fulltime
  • Opleidingsniveau Bachelor
  • Contracttype Stage contract


In order to further reduce the CO2 emissions coming from heavy duty vehicles DAF is looking into renewable energy sources. Next to battery electric vehicles which are more suitable for regional transport, hydrogen vehicles might be a worthy alternative for the current diesel long-haul vehicle. Hydrogen can be converted into energy to propel the vehicle in several ways; by means of combustion or by combining the hydrogen with oxygen which forms electricity and water, this is typically done in a hydrogen fuel cell.
The aim of this thesis is to evaluate the different topologies feasible for a long haul heavy duty hydrogen powered vehicle.
 Proposed project set-up:
-          Literature study on the various hydrogen powered topologies feasible for a long haul heavy duty vehicle
-          Familiarize with the full vehicle simulation model in Simulink (e-RITE model)
-          Implement the most feasible hydrogen topologies in e-RITE
-          Analyse the chosen topologies on fuel consumption, driveability, TCO.

Jouw profiel

For this assignment we are searching for a Master Mechanical Engineering / Automotive student.
You have / are:
-           Good understanding of Simulink & MATLAB
-          Independent working attitude, daily support available


The Technical Analysis department consists of a team with approx.15 specialists, responsible for the numerical verification and validations of new vehicle concepts and vehicle designs within the Product Development division. By means of simulations, new developments on vehicle and system level are evaluated and optimized for different vehicle performance aspects: fuel economy and CO2 emission, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, NVH, vehicle handling, crash safety, durability. These simulations support the design process from the first concept ideas to the final validation and sign-off of the truck design.

Wij bieden

  • A view behind the scenes at a large international corporation;
  • You will get a lot of freedom and responsibility. We are open to your initiatives and depending on the assignment you see your results back in the workplace;
  • An experienced coach and supervisor who can teach you a lot and is willing to help you with your assignment;
  • An internship wage of € 450,- (WO)  per month on full-time base;
  • A travel allowance, if you don’t have a student travel product (provided by the Dutch government);
  • A housing allowance, if you temporarily rent a room near DAF.
Each intern will have the opportunity to participate at the Student Event. During this event you will meet other interns and find out more about DAF/PACCAR!
Would you like to know more about the experiences of other students? Here you can read stories of our former interns.