Master Thesis research: Investigation of tyre aerodynamics and its influence on rolling resistance 21-12-2017 | 11:46

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Apollo Tyres Global R&D BV is situated at the Knowledge Park in Enschede (NL) and is a part of Apollo Tyres Ltd. We are responsible for the development and testing of all car and van tyres manufactured and sold worldwide by the global Apollo Tyre company. These activities are performed for all markets worldwide by an international team of around 140 employees.

Within the R&D organisation the team Research is dedicated to the mid and long-term investigations. The task of this team is to develop knowledge, models, test methods and concepts to improve institutes, external partners and suppliers.

The challenge
Increased efficiency in road vehicle is a demand in today’s society in the view of rising fuel cost and emission regulation. An important source for losses in road vehicles is tyre rolling resistance. While deformation in the contact patch accounts for most of the losses associated with rolling resistance, aerodynamic drag of a rotating tyre can account for as much as 15% at high speeds. Aerodynamic drag, also called as air resistance, is the force opposing the relative motion of the object with the air.

This assignment consists of:

• Study flow characteristics of unloaded and loaded tyres.
• Development of virtual tool to predict tyre aerodynamics.
• Experimental investigation and co-relation with virtual tool.
• Study flow characteristics around tyre and its effect on rolling resistance.
• Tyre design optimization for improved aerodynamics performance.

Your profile

• Master student Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or similar;
• Experience with virtual modelling like CFD;
• Fluency in English

• Initiative
• Creativity
• Perseverance and courage
• Interdisciplinary cooperation
• Flexibility

If you fit these requirements and are interested in the position, send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to

For more information about this internship, please contact Bharatkumar Makwana, Researcher, on +31 53 488 8550.

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