Engineering: Fully Funded M2A ENGD Scholarship: Weathering around the world at Swansea University

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK tuition and annual stipend.
  • 3 April 2022

Engineering: Fully Funded M2A ENGD Scholarship: Weathering around the world: Discovering new market opportunities for sustainable organic coatings

Start date: October 2022

Expected interview date: May 2022

Academic supervisors:  Dr Matthew Davies and Dr Matt Carnie

Industrial supervisors: Dr Peter Barker and Neil Metherell

Sponsoring company: TATA Steel

Background:

Tata Steel UK is one of the largest producers of pre-painted steel in Europe and produces top range products which are specified throughout Europe, primarily for use in the construction industry. To maintain this position, the organisation is constantly trying to improve the current product range and look for new market opportunities to support sales growth. These sales growth opportunities in new markets throughout the world sit outside our core markets; as a result, research is required to investigate the polymer performance and climatic conditions in these new markets to determine recommendations for product longevity in these markets. Through this research, recommendations can be given to the business relating to the viability of which products can be used, colour choice, opportunities, and associated product guarantees for new markets.

This is an exciting opportunity for a committed research student to work closely with the business, researching into new sustainable product opportunities, new markets, and new customers throughout the world.

Project Aims:

  • In conjunction with the business, look at new markets throughout the world and research typical climatic conditions. From this, establish the pre-finished steel performance for various construction applications
  • Work with current products and future new products, providing recommendations for the business around product suitability per market
  • Study materials that have been degraded via external and accelerated testing methods
  • Use analytical techniques such as UV, ATR FTIR, and Raman spectroscopy to better clarify the mechanism and rates of organic coating degradation and erosion
  • Understand how different climatic conditions affect the coating characteristics, using depth profile and surface analysis
  • Further develop non-destructive techniques to evaluate performance of weathered samples, such as colour, gloss, blister formation, and creep measurement
  • Provide guidance around the in-use performance for various pre-painted steel products connected to the new markets

Eligibility

Candidates must normally hold a minimum undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.

We would normally expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application.

Candidates must have the legal right to live/work in the UK at the start of their studies (student visas do not apply).

Full eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

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Benefits

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and a stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.

Application

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