Thesis: Product development

“Volvo has long been one of the biggest players in a global commercial vehicle market and a key player in developing new technology for a safer and greener future. Now however, the commercial vehicle segment is under immense pressure to reduce emissions and environmental impact. The whole industry is changing quickly, and to stay one of the leaders Volvo has to keep pushing the limitations of technology and development. “
“With the ever increasing focus on emissions and fuel efficiency in the commercial vehicle market, the whole segment is shifting towards greener solutions to meet regulations. This holds true even for heavy duty and long haul trucks which comes with many new challenges.”

Axle lift installation development

Mechanical engineering
Many of the trucks have more than 2 axles and there is a possibility to lift the axles that are not needed for the moment. It can be a second front axle or a non-driven rear axle as examples. The current lift system uses air and is rather heavy and there is a possibility to make a less heavy installation.
The aim of the thesis is to develop an idea currently being patented of a new axle lift concept. The thesis will involve creating different concepts and choosing the best ones with regard to durability, lift time, cost, weight, corrosion protection etc. Ideally the delivery will be a finalized concept that can be built as a prototype after the thesis completion.
The master thesis is set to start for two students in January 2022.

Suitable background: Mechanical engineering

Thesis Level: Master

Starting date: Jan 2022

Number of students: 2

Anders Olsson, BF93320, Senior Analyst, Volvo GTT

The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Countless career opportunities are offered across the group’s leading brands and entities that share a culture of Trust, Passion, High Performance, Change and Customer Success. 

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