Engineering: Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship at Swansea University: High Performance Coatings

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 15 March 2019

Start date:聽October 2019
Sponsoring company:聽Cogent Power Ltd.聽(Orb Works, Newport):聽a global supplier of electrical steels.聽The business works closely with customers at a local level to support their business development through optimisation of logistics and slitting to reduce inventory as well as continuous product development and innovation.
Cogent Power Ltd. is a producer of world class electrical steels including grain oriented products at Orb Works in Newport. Grain oriented electrical steel is an essential material in the manufacture of energy-efficient transformers and large, high-performance generators. Its unrivalled magnetic properties are a result of its unique grain structure, which is formed through a complex production process starting from high-silicon hot-rolled coil feedstock. The coatings applied to grain oriented steels play a critical role in their performance providing insulation between laminations, holding the steel strip in tension to reduce magnetic losses and reducing magnetostriction during magnetisation and demagnetisation of the transformer core in service. There are two coating layers present on grain oriented electrical steel namely Forsterite and tension coating, the Forsterite layer can exhibit variation in coverage, colour and thickness that is accentuated by the current tension coating, this is undesirable and solutions are sought to minimise or eliminate. This EngD project focuses on tension coating and associated surface treatments. The objective is to improve consistency of appearance, colour and adhesion combined with increasing the tension applied (magnetic loss improvement) and avoidance of sticky coatings.
Project Aims
To develop a deep practical and academic understanding of the grain oriented electrical steel tension coating process and product (from Forsterite coated strip to final product).
Apply acquired scientific knowledge of surfaces and coatings to explain current deviations in tension coating performance and collaborate with Orb personnel in problem solving activities to optimise the current system. Particular areas of focus include:
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Improving heat and humidity resistance of the tension coating
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Increase the tension the coating applies to the steel in order to decrease magnetic loss
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Determine the optimum curing characteristics and line conditions for tension coating
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Identify and implement modifications to minimise dust formation during further processing (slitting, cut-to-length etc.)
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Improve tension coating appearance as a result of eliminating mottled coating, coating spots and coating splash marks


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


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