Internship projects

We hoped you learned about Bekaert and the exciting internship opportunities we presented at the Engineering the Future fair! We have specialized internships offered from different departments within the organization. If you think you could be a fit, please send your cover letter and CV to Mireille Meurs.  

Title Ionisation current measurement to determine excess air levels of surface stabilised combustion.
Background Some of our burners have a system that continuously monitors and adjusts the excess air level by measuring the conductivity of the flame (ionisation current). There are many parameters that influence this conductivity, some of these are included in the burner design.
Aim: Investigate which parameters within the burner design determine the flame conductivity and how design optimisation rules can be defined.

Title ATEX R&D test lab
Background Safety is the highest priority at Bekaert. In our lab, many tests are being performed daily using combustible gases. These happen in a dynamic environment and new test methods are regularly created.
Aim Implement ATEX153 in the R&D test lab. This guideline explains how in an environment with flammable gases, risks can be reduced.

Title Development of (cloud based) monitoring devices for heat exchangers/burners (Hardware/Electronics and firmware)
Background For development purposes AND for commercial application it is desired to monitor behaviour of our heat cells during endurance and field tests. At this moment, we can’t support our customers remotely since we are dependent on the information we have from them.
Aim Develop a low cost device that can be used to monitor heat cells by streaming the sensor data into a cloud based system (currently Microsoft Azure.) Besides the device, we have a report that discusses and recommends the use of specific devices and addresses issues that might occur in the future.

Title Development of a cloud based data storage system / monitoring infrastructure (Software / Cloud based / Data acquisition)
Background Currently we are using Microsoft Azure as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) for several activities like High Performance Computing and Virtual Workstations. The cost of this solution is significant and the development of the Azure infrastructure is moving forward rapidly. We know that more functionality and less complexity can be achieved by using Azure in a better way.
Aim Better insights how we can use Azure functionality for current and future activities. As an output, we shouldhave an improved cloud infrastructure and report that provides recommendations of how to implement Azure functionality.

Title Setup a workspace for electrical engineering (Electronics / Process / Manufacturing)
Background Today, within BCT electronics have been an underrated part of the process in developing and manufacturing heat cells.
However, the urge to create new intelligent products require us to add intelligence, using electronics.
Aim Setup a (small) electronics ‘lab’ in which basic tasks can be done in an efficient way. Looking for storage systems and generic equipment for soldering, analyzing and manufacturing prototypes is an important part of this job. Everything needs to comply with regulations! The output of this assignment will be a report with recommendations how to setup a workspace / ‘lab’ for electronics. Based on this report and time/space the suggested setup may be built.

Title Heat exchanger design manufacturing methods
Background Design & engineering of an aluminium heat exchanger using different production methods such as pressure-die casting, sand casting or extrusion. Focus on product limits and price.
Aim Collect the knowledge of different production process to make a low cost design suitable for different production process which parameters play important role in this production.

Title Engineering Standardization
Background The process of implementing and developing technical standards based on the consensus of different departments.
Aim Standardization must help to improve time to market, repeatability and quality of design.

Title Technical feasibility on laser-cutting of NIT-material
Background For our burners, we use a metal-fibre cloth. Since the material is quite flexible, traditional cutting to the correct dimensions can be a challenge. Laser-cutting may be a promising alternative which overcomes these issues.
Aim Investigate which parameters play important role in this production process and how can they be mitigated? Lean six-sigma tools should be used.