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Diploma Thesis: Development of advanced control algorithm for genset speed control

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With 11,000 employees worldwide, AVL is the world's largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engine, transmission, electric drive, batteries, fuel cell and control technology) for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, construction, large engines and their integration into the vehicle.

We offer a Diploma Thesis:

Development of advanced control algorithm for genset speed control using Sliding Mode Control


  • Analysis of engine control system for genset application (with available plant model & simulation environment)
  • Definition of control objective, requirements and boundary conditions together with your AVL supervisor
  • Selection of appropriate control plant model and evaluation of control model uncertainty
  • Control model generation and parameter estimation of approximated model
  • Design of the Control system, based on chosen approximate model using the Sliding Mode Control approach
  • Performance validation and benchmark (to existing controller) test based on appropriate test cases
  • Robustness Analysis and Control Optimization within the uncertainty conditions (Model uncertainties, disturbances,…)
  • Documentation and presentation of the results as well as short training of engineers on control model and controller parametrization workflow


  • Control Engineering, Electrical or Mechanical Engineer or a similar filed of study with focus and interest on control engineering


  • General knowledge of control theory and knowledge in Matlab/Simulink tool
  • Technical knowledge in engine and powertrain systems beneficial
  • You like to perform your master thesis within an innovative team and you are highly motivated to solve complex control problems
  • Interested to bring theoretical background knowledge into practice
  • Good communication skills and English knowledge
  • Teamwork skills as well as ability to work independently on challenging technical topics

Remuneration: The successful completion of the thesis is remunerated with a one-time fee of EUR 2,600 before tax.
According to the Austrian Employment of Foreign Nationals Act it is unfortunately not possible to assign graduate work to third-country citizens (Non-EU citizens) who study at a university abroad.

DI(FH) Ferdinand Krainer, MSc
Technical Expert Control System Eng., DSA
Tel.: +43 316 787 3250
E-Mail: ferdinand.krainer@avl.com

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