Engineering: Fully Funded M2A MSc by Research at Swansea: 3D Modelling

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 5 April 2021
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Engineering: Fully Funded M2A MSc by Research Scholarship: 3D Modelling of High-Temperature Heat transfer in Hot Rolling

Start date: October 2021

Academic supervisor: Professor S Brown and Professor N Lavery

Industry supervisor: Mr I Gibson

Sponsoring company: Tata Steel in Europe

Expected Interview Date: April 2021

Background / Overview:
The greatest structures, cars, machines, and commercial products require hot-rolled steel of perfect quality. Tata Steel Strip Products UK produces this steel in Port Talbot through the Hot Strip Mill where efficient computational modelling combines with process knowledge to produce excellent quality steel. Example applications of this product include car bodies for Jaguar Land Rover, structural tubes for the Wembley arch, The Shard in London and steel packaging i.e. cans for Heinz Baked Beans.

Temperature control in the hot-rolling mill is critical to producing steel with the perfect mechanical properties. The Coilbox in the Port Talbot Hot Strip Mill is an unusual process step which ensures a homogeneous temperature profile at entry to the finishing mill and shortens the required length of the installation.

Offline modelling of temperature in hot rolling is essential for both product and process development. This modelling is more sophisticated than online models but takes longer to run than is acceptable for real-time control. Tata Steel R&D has developed an in-house model for hot-rolling simulation, TiTAN, which combines finite element simulation with a well-developed GUI and sophisticated material models. However, as the Coilbox in Port Talbot is unique in Tata Steel Europe, it is not yet part of the model.

Project Aims:
This project will involve developing a module for the Coilbox in Tata Steel’s hot-rolling simulation software, TiTAN. The student will work with this software, designing and writing the code for this implementation to fit with the existing code structure. This work includes cleaning of large industrial data sets, and an optimisation process should be employed to tune the model. The result will be a module accurately modelling Port Talbot Hot Strip Mill’s Coilbox, facilitating development of new products through improved understanding of microstructure in three dimensions.

Experience in coding in an object-orientated language, and a good understanding of heat transfer fundamentals would be advantageous.
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We welcome applications from candidates with a degree (minimum level 2:1) in a relevant discipline or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.

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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 for a period of one year.


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