Internship | Hydrogen ICE: fuel-air mixture preparation and combustion model

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.



Education type


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

This Master thesis project targets the development and validation of a fast-computing physics-based hydrogen-air mixture preparation model. This model forms an extension to TNO’s existing in-cylinder lean burn hydrogen Spark Ignited combustion model. The model will describe the interaction between the fuel injection process and the hydrogen-air mixture quality in the cylinder at park timing. Model development will be based on available measurement data and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. For the latter, an available hydrogen CONVERGE CFD model will be used and extended enabling systematic evaluation of the relevant processes.

For this MSc project the following activities are foreseen:
  • Literature study on H2-air mixing and combustion;
  • Setup CFD simulation environment in CONVERGE;
  • Sensitivity study using CFD model with focus on mixture preparation;
  • Design and implement fast computing mixture preparation model in Matlab® simulation environment;
  • Process available measurement data for model calibration and validation;
  • 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;
  • You have affinity with internal combustion engines;
  • You have experience with computational tools: any CFD code, Matlab®;
  • You enjoy developing innovative solutions to technically challenging problems and have the right mix of intellectual curiosity and pragmatism.

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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