Engineering: Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship at Swansea University: Forensic analysis of weathered organic coatings to understand mechanisms of degradation

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 20 May 2018

Start date: October 2018
Sponsoring Company: Tata Steel Colors
Tata Steel Europe (TSE) is the second largest producer of pre-painted steel in Europe. To maintain this position, the organisation is constantly trying to improve the current product range, either through the development of best in class coatings for the construction industry, improved offerings in service or through added functionality. As Tata’s premium coated products can offer maintenance free warranties of up to 40 years it is essential that the performance under different climatic conditions if fully understood. 
Project Aims:
Analyse materials that have been degraded through external or accelerated testing.Use analytical techniques such as UV,  ATR FTIR and Raman spectroscopy to determine the mechanism and rates of organic coating degradation and erosion.Understand how different climatic conditions affect the coating characteristics using through depth profile and surface analysis.Further develop non-destructive techniques to assess performance of weathered samples,  such as colour, gloss, blister formation and creep measurement.
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.


Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project is suitable for a materials or chemistry student, with an interest in sustainability or paint chemistry.
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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.


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