Master Thesis - Electric Helm

Background of thesis project:
Volvo Penta is gradually moving in to electromobility, and within our marine business the customer acceptance is growing rapidly why we expect a similar development like the car business. Even if the large challenge is to develop new electric marine motors, batteries, and propulsion systems, we are also expecting that the HMI and controls will change and become much simpler and intuitive. Startups within marine EMOB have already shown some interesting products and concepts with innovative controls and systems.
Suitable background
Master students Product Development, Automation & Mechatronics and Industrial Design
Knowledge of electromobility
Knowledge of boats / vessels
Knowledge of ergonomics and HMI
Please send your application including CV, Cover Letter, and Transcript of grades.
Description of thesis work
Aim
Object for this thesis is to make a study of a vessel helm station for coming electric powertrains. The design should encompass “Easy Boating” which is Volvo Penta’s guiding principle to simplify the life of a boat owner. The study should focus on improving maneuverability, de-clutter and make the driver environment clean, add augmented reality devices that enhances safety, propose completely novel ideas in designing the controls including haptic feedback and propose a recognizable design language that is modular, scalable and efficient.
The target is to come up with ideas to be investigated numerically, ideally validated by physical testing and designed as a 3D model.

First step
Get to know and analyze the setup for benchmark. Information about this will be provided by Volvo Penta, however most of the information is available in public domains and at external companies.

Second step
Design at least five system layouts, based on demarcations select the most promising solution, simulate, if possible, perform physical tests and design a 3D-model including the most common applications – e.g. large sailboat, cruiser and a pontoon boat. This part could be free thinking or advised by Volvo Penta.

Third step
Detailed design of components, cost estimations, total system layout, simulation of use, structure, ergonomics, control etc. providing a reasonable material for a company decision.
Thesis Level: Master (30 ECTS points)
Language: English
Starting date: January 2022
Number of students: 2
Tutor
Cassandra Köbbel, Manager Vehicle Electronics, cassandra.kobbel.2@volvo.com
Ronny Lindgren, Technology Strategy & Development Manager, ronny.lindgren.3@volvo.com
Björn Wessman, Innovation & Emerging Technology Manager, bjorn.wessman.3@volvo.com

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