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Internship Opportunities

The Center for Automotive Research will offer four short-term internships for qualified high school and college students 18 years and older who are interested in automotive engineering careers.

The following positions will be available for Summer 2018:

Diagnostics of Automated System
The project is about the diagnostics of automotive systems. The sensors data helps us understand the system behavior. The data, if collected at a remote location, can help us have more information about the powertrain performance. The activity may involve gathering the data on a cloud and analyzing it. 

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Analysis of Performance of a DC Fast Charge Station for EV with Integrated Energy Storage System
CAR, in collaboration with a major OEM, is developing a prototype of a charging station that will be capable of charging electric vehicles at 50kW without impacting on the grid distribution network. The student involved in this activity will be in contact with batteries, electronic and thermal systems. Considering the interest of the student, he/she could support numerical or experimental activities for the development of a full scale prototype.

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Evaporating Emissions
Evaporating gasoline that escapes from vehicle fuel tanks forms smog and constitutes a major source of air pollution. Regulations controlling these emissions are becoming increasingly strict. Modern vehicles must accurately verify the integrity of their evaporative emissions systems using On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) techniques. This project investigates novel methods for detection of system leaks, with validation through testing.

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Driver-in-the-Loop Simulator
A low-cost Driver-in-the-Loop (DiL) driving simulator facility is currently under development at the Center for Automotive Research. The simulator is capable of being used for vehicle dynamics research and development of core vehicle dynamics expertise. Depending on the interest and skill set of the intern, the project could involve: graphic subsystem enhancement (Unity3D), simulator driver controls assessment and enhancement, simulator control and management software or work on supplemental driver cueing systems.

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Vehicle Aerodynamics
Aerodynamic drag constitutes a major component of vehicle running losses at highway speeds.  Modern vehicles use a variety of methods for minimizing drag, including both passive (e.g., flat underbody) and active approaches (e.g., active grille shutters).  To gauge the effectiveness of these techniques, automotive engineers often use CFD codes and experimental techniques, such as wind tunnels.  The goal of this project is to familiarize the student with some of these tools, and, depending on student interest and qualifications, develop and test ideas to reduce drag on a concept vehicle.

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Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2018. Please contact Stacy Hillstrom at hillstrom.7@osu.edu with questions.