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2019 Summer Internship Program

CAR hosts a limited number of college students for an eight week summer internship program. Interns gain experience working on an automotive project led by a CAR researcher or faculty member. At the end of the internship, interns will be asked to give a short presentation to center and college leadership about their experience. 


2019 Available Internship Projects

Cybersecurity@CAR Lab

The CyberSecurity@CAR lab is looking for a qualified Electrical, Computer, or Mechanical Engineer to assist in work this summer. The lab is involved in topics that include vehicle embedded security, vehicle networks, simulation, and elements of modeling and controls are involved as well. Knowledge of MATLAB and Simulink is preferred. Additionally, C/C++, python and Unix based OS knowledge is preferred but not necessary. The position will primary focus on the development of an Automotive Cyber Security Test Bed. The platform has three major elements that need help this summer. One is the network simulation environment to simulation Vehicle to Anything (V2X) communication. The second focus will be on integrating all necessary pieces of software to meet the needs of the platform, this includes the Simulink models and controls. Finally, there is need for assistance in hardware in the loop development of physical controllers and includes both hardware and firmware deployment. The specific task is flexible to the interests of the intern.

Supervisor: Qadeer Ahmed

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Micro-Grid for DC Fast Charging
The aim of this project is to design and demonstrate H/W and S/W for a multi-source DC fast charge stations with integrated automotive second life batteries. The project will lead to the design of a reconfigurable multi-source DC fast charge station, whose characteristics (power, energy, DERs) and control (operating modes, bidirectional power flow, coordination with other charge stations) can be tailored according to user-driven constraints and objectives, local grid realities and budget.

The control algorithm will be tested on a 50kW prototype of charging station developed in previous projects including second life batteries.

Supervisor: Matilde D’Arpino

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Design a Micro-Grid System for CAR

CAR is looking for integrating renewables energies and energy storage systems in the facility electric grid to improve power quality and reduce power consumption. The aim of this project is to analyze the load consumption of the facility, including variability due to high power tests, and the power production of the already installed PV system.  The project will analyze how different scenarios may provide benefits to the electric grid and define components and control for a micro-grid.

Supervisors: Giorgio, Rizzoni, Matilde D’Arpino

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Design of Electric Land Speed Record Vehicles

Ohio State has a long history in designing, manufacturing and racing high power electric vehicles. The most recent Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB3) gained an international FIA record with a top speed of 358mph in Bonneville, Utah. VBB3 has a streamline shape, is powered by 2000 batteries, has a total power of 1.5MW. The achievement of high performance is possible thanks to an optimal design including aerodynamic, electric drive, batteries, mechanical systems, and control. The student will be involved in topisc related to the design, analysis and testing of high power land speed record electric vehicles and related components.

Supervisors: Giorgio, Rizzoni, Matilde D’Arpino

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Lithium Ion Batteries for Aerospace Application
Current battery electric powered aero-vehicles are limited to small aircraft with relatively short ranges and endurance. In order to power larger vehicles (such as regional jet), a dramatic improvement in battery technology and system integration technology is required. Comparing with today’s technology (Li-ion batteries with specific energy density of 150 to 250 Wh/kg), the specific energy density would have to be increased at least by a factor of 3-5 to become useful. The student involved in this project will study, test and analyze the performance of batteries for aerospace application and collaborate on the OSU led NASA ULI program ‘Electric Propulsion: Challenges and Opportunities’.

Supervisors: Matilde D’Arpino, Prashanth Ramesh

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Smart BMS for the Connected Vehicle of the Future
The interaction between the vehicle and the infrastructure (V2I) has demonstrated high potential benefits in fuel economy improvements and traffic management. The adoption of more connected vehicles is requiring the redesign of the vehicle communication and cybersecurity protocols. The advance in the technology may enable the on-the-fly optimization of battery settings and control calibrations, to further improve the vehicle performance in real-world operations, accounting for effects of environmental conditions, traffic, route options, etc… In addition, specific protocols for reliability and cybersecurity need to be placed to ensure a safe vehicle communication.

The student will explore new Battery Management System (BMS) technologies for vehicle applications that utilize connectivity and cloud computing capabilities to execute complex simulations/optimization tasks.

Supervisors: Marcello Canova, Matilde D’Arpino

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