Internship | Thermoplastic composites in Lightweight Automotive Components



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Using lightweight materials in automotive components is an effective approach in reducing CO2 emission and extending driving range. From this viewpoint, continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (TPC) are a preferred material due to their high strength to weight ratio. However, the practical applicability of TPC still needs further improvements in different aspects such as predictability of material behavior and failure, long-term performance, actual recycling technologies, etc. The shared research program Light Weight Automotive (LWA) at Brightlands Materials Center (BMC) in Geleen is striving to facilitate use of the TPCs in future automotive industry.

You will work in our research center and will participate in the activities of the Light Weight Automotive (LWA) team. Depending on your interest, field of study, and background, your tasks can comprise of material processing, testing, analyzing and modeling.

What do we require of you?

We are looking for students (BSc or MSc) with a background in the fields of mechanical engineering or material science, that have a hands-on mentality. Previous experience with working in a laboratory environment and affinity to polymer chemistry and material science are a plus. Finally, good communication skills in written and spoken English are expected. The internship period should last at least 4 months.

What can you expect of your work situation?

BMC is a Joint Innovation Center of TNO and the Province of Limburg. The internship is organized within TNO, which is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

What can TNO offer you?

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 to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Ryan Zandvoort, van
Phone number: +31 (0)6-118 50872

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


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