Engineering: Fully Funded EngD Scholarship : Process optimising of sinter production

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 31 August 2019

Engineering: Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Process optimising of sinter production through pilot manufacturing plant

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Professor C Pleydell-Pearce, Dr K Bevan and Dr C Melvin

Sponsoring company: Tata Steel

This post will remain open until a suitable candidate is found and we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

One of the major raw material inputs for steel production via the Blast Furnace route is sintered iron ore (sinter). Sinter, consisting of iron ore fines, fluxes and other additives, is produced via a continuous thermal process to produce an agglomerated product with the quality impacting on iron productivity and ultimately environmental performance.

Port Talbot Steelworks has a pilot scale sintering facility. This enables investigation into many of the metrics affecting predicted blast furnace performance including sinter quality. The facility enables small scale trials of sintering, with known blends and processing parameters.

This process control allows the ability to study the production variables including; sinter composition, gas flows (suction) and gas permeability during the sintering process alongside the evolution of small particulates during the process into the sinter pot flue system.

The aim of the research is to identify key operating positions for the sinter plant to maximise value of the product, at the same time as minimising the evolution of dusts in the process. The research will utilise live Sinter Plant data and Sinter Pot trials to corroborate hypotheses.

The Research Engineer will:

  • Develop an understanding of Sinter quality;
  • Develop an understanding of the sintering process parameters, that can influence key sinter quality parameters;
  • Investigate the role of particle sizing, mineralogy and chemistry of ores, in dust generation;
  • Investigate the role of waste gas suction in dust generation;
  • Investigate the role of fluxes and reverts in sinter quality and dust generation.


We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding

 To be eligible for EPSRC funding, applicants should:

  • Be eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University.
  • Have settled status in the UK, meaning no restrictions on the length of stay in the UK; and be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant, apart from temporary or occasional absences.
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component).


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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.


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