Engineering: M2A Funded EngD Studentship: Development of Novel Coating Solutions to Improve Pre & Post Heat-Treatment Performance Properties of Carbon Steel Conveyance Tubes

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 7 July 2017

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Sponsoring Company: Tata Steel
Start date: October 2017
Tata Steel and its Tubes business manufacturers a range of conveyance products for use within HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) building and industrial services applications.  Our products are made from steel produced by Port Talbot and are fully normalised during tube manufacturing by passing them through a furnace at temperatures greater than 800degC.  Surface scaling formed during this heating operation can result in cosmetic issues which can also impact the performance of post heat-treatment ‘added value’ coatings. 
Project Aims:
The aim of the research will be the development and validation of novel production coatings to improve the surface cosmetics and performance of HVAC pipework.The project will investigate and develop novel coatings that can be applied pre heat-treatment/normalising to control oxide formation and improve the surface finish of the hot-finished products. Such coatings will protect the steel in the furnace and prevent oxide from forming.The coating will be produced and tested using thermogravimetric analysis and other more novel testing means in the brand new Swansea University Bay Campus Laboratories. Once the coating has been formulated, an effective application method must then be devised in order to successfully coat the tubes before entrance to the furnace.Finished products can then have a range of post heat-treatment coatings applied to improve service life, the project will also examine ‘added value’ coating options, including the use of ‘smart’ coatings to improve the performance of our conveyance tubes when in service.The activities also include working with the operations technical teams at Port Talbot, Corby and Hartlepool, other Tata Steel project students at Cranfield University and Loughborough Universities Building and Industrial Services Pipework Academy (BISPA) as well as other industrial partners located in both the UK and EU, and may require additional travel.
Develop a financially viable and effective coating for protecting the steel surface during normalising.Develop a coating method to effectively and consistently coat thousands of metres of tubes of varying sizes. Identify post heat-treatment ‘added value’ coatings to improve conveyance tube performance when in service.
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Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in materials or chemistry, with an interest in metallurgy
Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:
You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.


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The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of ÂŁ20,000 p.a.


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