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Graduation Assignment: Sheet Metal Brackets design guidelines in Eindhoven

... ​The CAE-engines department is responsible for creation and validation of models that can describe and predict the behavior of the new and current engines. Due to more...



​The CAE-engines department is responsible for creation and validation of models that can describe and predict the behavior of the new and current engines. Due to more increasing requirements on emissions modern diesel engines have become complex systems. These emssion legislations cause the need to add additional sub-systems to the base engine. To ensure all these sub-systems with wiring and lines can be accomodated on the base engine support brackets are being used. To ensure endurance life of these brackets stress levels due to mounting and engine vibrations need to be limited by optimizing their stiffness and the connections to the base engine.
Within DAF the need to determine design guidelines for sheet metal brackts has risen. One of the focus points is predicting the stress levels in the sheet metal brackets that occur after mounting due to production tolerances using FEM software. Based on historical data of sheet metal bracket designs new ideas and functions need to be implemented and calculated with FEM software. Finally a document containing design guidelines should be written to ensure that all new/updated brackets will be insensitve for production tolerances.
The assignment will be mainly theoretical using Abaqus CAE as FEM software.

Jouw profiel

- HBO student in the field of Automotive Engineering;
- Analytical calculations;
- Numerical modeling;
- Solution and function generation for stress reduction;
- Design parameter sensitivity study;
- Result evaluation;
- Write design guidelines for sheet metal bracket designs.


Within the PACCAR Inc. DAF Engine Development is the center of competence for engine development. In our state-of-the-art engine development center we develop engine families for the future regulations. Our engines and trucks are best in class products in the transportation world being always driven by providing environmentally friendly products with best cost-effectiveness and highest reliability for our customers.
The department Engine Hardware & Design is responsible for the development of new engine hardware concepts and maintaining the in-production engine families. The department is divided in 4 groups: CAE, Injection & Turbo, Base Engine and Engine Auxiliaries. For the CAE group we have an open position for a graduate student.

Wij bieden

  • A view behind the scenes at a large international corporation;
  • You will get a lot of freedom and responsibility. We are open to your initiatives and depending on the assignment you see your results back in the workplace;
  • An experienced coach and supervisor who can teach you a lot and is willing to help you with your assignment;
  • After your graduation, you will have the opportunity to start your career at DAF;
  • An internship wage of  € 375,- (HBO) per month on full-time base
  • A travel allowance, if you don’t have a student travel product (provided by the Dutch government);
  • A housing allowance, if you temporarily rent a room near DAF.
  • Each intern will have the opportunity to participate at the . During this event you will meet other interns and find out more about DAF/PACCAR!
    Would you like to know more about the experiences of other students?  you can read stories of our former interns.

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