Internship | CFD for zero emission ICE: Hydrogen Direct Injection



Education type


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

Are you interested in contributing to a more sustainable future? In the powertrains department, we work to develop modern means of transport such that they meet strict emission regulations and contribute to a greener future.

This master thesis graduation project targets the development of a CFD hydrogen combustion model including Direct Injection of Hydrogen. The modelled hydrogen (i.e. zero CO2) combustion concept is the low temperature (lean burn) advanced Spark Ignition concept which has great potential in achieving high efficiency in combination with ultra-low pollutant emissions (NOx, particles). The CFD model will be used to explore engine operating limits in relation to the hydrogen injection configuration and settings. Parameters like injector orientation, nozzle geometry, injection pressure, injection timing and duration will be addressed. It is anticipated that a CFD SI H2-ICE (single-cylinder) model with conventional fuelling system (no Direct Injection) is available in CONVERGE CFD simulation environment as a starting point.

For this project the following activities are foreseen:
  • Literature study on Hydrogen combustion;
  • Create CFD simulation setup of the research engine including Direct Injection of hydrogen;
  • Realize geometry and boundary conditions;
  • Setup basic combustion model for testing;
  • Study parameter variations on engine performance;
  • Write master thesis report and present main findings.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

  • You have an interest in numerical work;
  • Affinity with internal combustion engines;
  • Experience with computational tools: any CFD code, Matlab®.

What you’ll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Contact: Jeet Rath
Phone number: +31 (0)6 114 37550

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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