Engineering: M2A Funded EngD Studentship: Development of the Latest Generation of Prefinished Steels with a Clear Impermeable Coating

  • 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.
Start date: October 2017
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. This project will look to take the latest of Colors’ new products and push the performance to greater lengths in all climates via the development of a clear, impermeable additional coating applied to the market leading pre-finished steels. 
Project Aims:
The project aims are to assess various clear coat chemistries base on solvent based paints, water based coatings, PET laminates or associated technology and liquid glass type coatings. Not only will the coating chemistry be assessed and selected, coupled with the development is to assess and recommend the coating process to apply the desired chemistry. The long term effectiveness of the clear permeable coating is to be assessed for the long term effectiveness and any potential impact upon the lifetime of the base polymer. Finally, an assessment of production feasibility will be undertaken to ensure the designed product(s) can be produced using a suitable and available process. 
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 would be suitable for someone with a degree in materials or chemistry, with an interest in sustainability or paint chemistry.
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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