Engineering: Fully Funded MSc by Research Scholarship at Swansea: Computational Modelling

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • August 31, 2019
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Engineering: Fully Funded M2A MSc by Research Scholarship: Computational Modelling of Fracture in a Food Can Opening

Start date: October 2019

Supervisors: Dr W Harrison and TBC

Sponsoring company: Crown

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

Crown Packaging Manufacturing UK Limited is a world-wide metal packaging technology company with operations in over 40 countries.

An important product for Crown is their food cans with full aperture easy-open ends. These cans are manufactured with a score which allows the can to be opened without the need for a separate opener.

An improved numerical model of the damage in material around the score, will help efforts to optimise the performance of these openings. This would provide designers a valuable tool when evaluating the behaviour of new ends, with different materials and grades, offer the potential for reduced material use and lighter weight products.

This project aims to develop a model for the accumulation of damage during the scoring process. The Research Engineer will:

  • Compare predictions of deformation and damage with experimentally obtained metallurgical observations.
  • Predict rupture of the score using different failure modes, chosen to represent available experimental data.

It is anticipated the model, once validated, will be used to predict and optimise the performance of a food can easy-open end during ‘pop and tear’ opening.

The candidate will work collaboratively with Crown’s Research Centre in Wantage and should have knowledge of finite element analysis and some experience of Materials Science. Experience of using Abaqus or Elfen software would be an advantage although no essential.


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

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). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found here.


The scholarship covers the full costs of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 per annum for a period of one year.


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