Master theses / Diploma theses / Compulsory internship

Smart actuation system for flow following µAUV particles for industrial process environments (Id 175)

Foto: flow following sensor particle ©Copyright: Dr. Sebastian ReineckeSmart flow following sensor particles are used for acquisition of spatially distributed process parameters in industrial processes, such as biogas digesters, waste water treatment basins or bioreactors. The aim of the work is the development of an actuator concept for sensor µAUV-particles for the automatic adjustment of buoyancy (buoyancy) and for buoyancy maneuvers under the condition of small size, minimum energy consumption and high reliability. For this, alternative physical and chemical mechanisms should be considered based on the existing electromechanical solution. There are suitable variants to implement and test. Furthermore, the development of sensor intelligence for the actuators in the sensor particles is an essential part of the task. The developed concepts have to be validated experimentally.

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What can you expect:

In our department, we offer you an attractive work environment to expand your personal and professional skills. The insight into the diverse R&D projects of the department in the areas of sensor and measuring technology as well as energy and process engineering (among others) and the excellent technical equipment of the laboratories offer optimal conditions for this. The possibility of close contact with competent experienced colleagues plays a central role. As part of student work, we have pursued the approach of structured supervision and associated constructive feedback. This includes regular meetings with your supervisor and intermediate presentations in the form of informal "workshop reports" in the extended audience of interested individuals of the department in order to optimally support you in the successful completion of your project. Furthermore, we are open to support outstanding candidates in their continuing academic qualification, such as in doctoral scholarships or in current or upcoming R&D projects.

Subject-related task spectrum:

• Establishment of the scientific and technical principles of mechanical, physical and chemical principles of action for embedded, actuating components
• Concept development for actuators for taring of sensor particles
• Development of sensor intelligence for situation-dependent, automatic buoyancy, for buoyancy maneuvers and for recovery
• Selection, purchase/ composition and comparison of solution variants
• Minimization of size and energy consumption
• Increased reliability when used in particle-loaded biological substrates
• Development of firmware taking into account existing function routines based on an embedded system with 32-bit data structure (e.g. STM32)
• Conception and realization of suitable test scenarios
• Characterization and comparison of implemented variants with regard to accuracy of taring and reliability in long-term use

Department: Experimental Thermal Fluid Dynamics

Contact: Dr. Reinecke, Sebastian


• Studies in electrical engineering, mechatronics, mechanical engineering and similar engineering courses
• Experience in design and (micro) actuator systems
• Experience in programming microcontrollers for embedded systems (e.g. STM32)
• Experience in control electronics for microdrives and board design for embedded systems
• Fundamentals of (micro) actuator systems, movement of rigid bodies, measurement uncertainties, digital signal processing
• Data analysis optionally in Matlab, Octave or C / C ++
• Independent, self-responsible working method


Online application

Please apply online: https://www.hzdr.de/Angebot175