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Analysis of Tires Energy Efficiency (Rolling Resistance) - Internship
Who we are :
Apollo Tires is a tire manufacturer with Indian roots. It's an ambitious and growing company, with factories in India and Europe (Netherlands and Hungary) and sales offices all over the world. In our Global R&D Center in Enschede around 100 employees from 20 difference countries work on the development of new passenger car and truck tires for the brands Apollo and Vredestein. Furthermore, we have a subsidiary office in Frankfurt with around 25 employees.
Apollo Tire Global R&D's Product Line Management (PLM) team is part of Product Development and is responsible for the development of new tire sizes, product improvement programs and for change management in released products for European and American market (if you look to the cars parked on the streets around you and if those cars have tires branded as Apollo or Vredestein then most probably they have been brought to the market by your future colleagues working at the PLM department).
Tire energy labels provide a clear and common classification of the tyre's performance for rolling resistance, braking on wet surfaces and external noise. The labels help consumers make informed decisions when they buy tires as they can easily set their priority choice based on the 3 parameters. At the same time, the labels drive manufacturers to innovate to make their tires appear in the top classes by being more fuel efficient, safer and produce less noise. The energy efficiency class ranges from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). A top class tire has less rolling resistance, and therefore requires less energy to move the vehicle. This translates into lower energy costs (fossil fuels or electricity).
The rolling resistance value of all our tires is available in our specification database. These are values based on actual rolling resistance measurements. We would like to increase usage of a more efficient way of product development, being simulations, with a focus to find correlations between actual tire testing and simulated results.
Request simulations through our internal FEA tools.
Study and analyze RRC test results from tires and results derived from simulations.
Find trends and correlations between actual tire test results and simulated RRC test results by looking at products characteristics such as size, product line, tires' load designations and material properties.
Document findings in a useful to use format.
Support company in achieving top class for energy efficiency, and thereby reducing energy consumption and C02 emissions.
Enrolled Master student of Engineering discipline or Material Science with interest in Automotive Industry, available for 5-6 months