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Thesis (m|f|d) 3S Engineering - Flatness-based feed forward control

Jobnummer:  43996
Gruppe:  Magna Powertrain
Division:  Magna PT 3S
Art der Beschäftigung:  Wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeiten


Group Introduction
Transforming mobility. Making automotive technology that is smarter, cleaner, safer and lighter. That’s what we’re passionate about at Magna Powertrain, and we do it by creating world-class powertrain systems. We are a premier supplier for the global automotive industry with full capabilities in design, development, testing and manufacturing of complex powertrain systems. Our name stands for quality, environmental consciousness, and safety. Innovation is what drives us and we drive innovation. Dream big and create the future of mobility at Magna Powertrain.


About "Software Systems Solution"

Would you like to play a key role in shaping the new home for connected powertrain and vehicle function within Magna Powertrain?  Software Systems Solutions (3S) connects advanced electrified powertrain systems together with highly integrated vehicle functions to ensure system efficiency and improved safety and vehicle dynamics together with enhanced customer user experience. We are looking for people who take on new challenges with new and progressive ideas, creative drive, and energetic actions and who take on responsibility. Together we want to passionately drive the technology of tomorrow.

Title of the thesis

Combining model-based torque control with real-time parameter adjustment in an electric drive train

Key Responsibilites

Increasingly powerful control units in a vehicle's drive train will enable the use of new control strategies in the future and thus also open up completely new possibilities in the field of feed forward controls. However, the accuracy of a time-invariant model deteriorates with time because of aging, wear and environmental influences on the vehicle. In order to ensure consistent feed forward control quality over the entire service life of the vehicle, model parameters must be continuously updated.

The objective of this research is to enhance an already existing pre-control algorithm. The focus should be on two essential improvements: Higher quality of the underlying pre-control model (e.g. model extension) and ensuring an application in the vehicle (e.g. automatic parameter adjustments) for which a feasible real-time function should be developed. Therefore, appropriate factors must be defined to enable an online evaluation of the model and above that, an offline evaluation over the time shall then be able to adjust parameters appropriately.

Work Packages: 

  • Build up know how in state of the art flatness-based pre-control
  • Familiarize with already existing drive train and pre-control model in MATLAB / Simulink
  • Extend pre-control model with the elastomeric gearbox/motor mount
  • Analyze the sensitivity of existing model parameters
  • Find necessary signals and algorithm for real-time evaluation of pre-control model
  • Online parameter tracking for long term correction of errors (model inaccuracies / aging / wear / …)

Key Qualifications / Requirements

  • Working towards a Bachelor's or Master's degree in computer engineering, mechanical engineering or mechatronics (or comparable course of study)
  • Knowledge in Matlab / Simulink required
  • Knowledge in vehicle powertrain simulation and vehicle longitudinal dynamics desirable
  • Communication skills, self-initiative and team orientation
  • Independent working style with a high level of motivation
  • Very good command of written and spoken German and English
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products
  • Willingness for a 6-9 month assignment starting as soon as possible 


What we offer

Software Systems Solutions (3S) offers an agile and innovative working environment with a transparent communication culture and flat hierarchies. You can expect an international team, mobile working, flexible working hours at a 40 hrs/week. At the on-site location, we offer modern, ergonomic workplaces, and a company restaurant

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