A Research Platform for Singapore

Masters/Semester Thesis/Internship: Analysing the Drag Reduction of Urban Vehicles in a Platoon using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Department:Individual Mobility Vehicles and Services
Posted Date:11 June 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term (6 months)

Project Title: Analysing the Drag Reduction of Urban Vehicles in a Platoon using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)


TUMCREATE is a research platform for the improvement of Singapore's public transportation, including the deployment of electric and autonomous mobility. Researchers from Technical University Munich and Nanyang Technological University join forces and are funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation as part of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).

In TUMCREATE, over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers work together, led by Professors from the Technical University of Munich and Nanyang Technological University. The Mission of TUMCREATE is to seek the ultimate public transport system for the people of Singapore. Our innovative road transport solutions will provide high comfort and a positive travel experience, best protection of the environment and maximum benefit to the society and the economy.


In TUMCREATE Phase II, the IMVS team focuses, from vehicle to component level, on the development of concepts and technologies for a new electrified and autonomous minibus for the megacity Singapore. The vehicle will be operated in a new public transportation system, with adapted infrastructure and dynamic routing.

Objective & tasks

A research project has been initiated in collaboration with NTU to investigate the improvement of environmental sustainability through energy efficient driving. Autonomous vehicles have the possibility of driving using the most energy efficient manoeuvre. Furthermore, vehicles can form platoons that furthers the potential to reduce aerodynamic drag and consequently the energy consumption. The major task of the six months research is to investigate the effect of urban platooning on the reduction in drag of the platoon at different formations and operational requirements.  The operational concept of platooning of urban buses will first be analysed to identify and define the cases for simulation. A computational fluid dynamics simulation will be conducted to analyse and form correlations of the drag coefficient that can be used in vehicle dynamics simulations in the future. The following tasks are expected for the thesis:

  • Literature review on the operational concept of urban platooning

  • Identifying driving scenarios and formations that would influence the vehicle drag

  • Pre-processing the CAD assemblies of vehicle models

  • Conduct CFD simulations

  • Analyses of results and deriving correlations

  • Writing of technical reports

What we expect from you

  • Student in the fields of Automotive Engineering / Mechanical Engineering

  • Good knowledge about aerodynamics / fluid mechanics

  • Good working knowledge with ANSYS FLUENT,  CAD packages

  • Excellent analytical and presentation skills

  • Excellent oral and written English

What we offer you

  • Innovative and interdisciplinary research environment

  • Supervision from experienced automotive engineers

  • Dynamic, young and self-defined work environment


Enquiries and How To Apply
Please send your complete application including cover letter, CV, university transcripts and degree certificates to aditya.pathak@tum-create.edu.sg & aybike.ongel@tum-create.edu.sg