Thesis CFD study for optimized cooling performance

CFD study for optimized cooling performance
Industrial Applications

Thesis Background
At Volvo Penta engines operate in a vast number of applications. In our industrial branch there are numerous applications which lacks ram effect from vehicle movement. These applications are for instance material handlers and gensets. This puts a high demand on our cooling systems. We see a great need for efficient cooling systems both today and for future needs, especially since AB Volvo have decided to invest in Fuel Cells for future zero emission vehicles which requires even more cooling.

Thesis scope of work

The objective of this thesis is to study the potential of directing the fan flow in a cooling package. The target is to come up with ideas that could increase the cooling performance. These ideas should be investigated virtually using the CFD code STAR-CCM+ and, if time permits, validated by physical testing.
First step
A literature study should be performed to find existing studies in this field. The students should then come up with an initial design to be evaluated.
Second step
Perform a CFD study to evaluate the initial design and iterate new designs to find the design with the highest potential to increase cooling performance.
Third step
If time permits and fan rigs are available, perform physical tests to verify an improved design.

Qualifications & Required Documents
Knowledge of thermodynamics
Knowledge of computational fluid dynamics
Please send your application including CV, Cover Letter, and Transcript of grades.

Practical information

Thesis Level: Master (30 ECTS points)

Language: English

Starting date: January 2022

Number of students: 2 students

Last application date: 1st of December 2022
Henrik Drottz, System and technology, cooling system engineer, henrik.drottz@volvo.com
Andreas Rask, CAE, Senior CFD engineer, andreas.rask@volvo.com

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