Fully Funded EngD Scholarship at Swansea University: Advanced Sustainability of PIR Foam

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 27 May 2019

Engineering: Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Advanced Sustainability of PIR Foam for the Building Industry

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Professor P Holliman and Dr G Bunting

Sponsoring company: TATA Steel - Building Systems

Tata Steel is Europe's second largest steel producer and under its Building Systems division has extensive insulating panel manufacturing capabilities throughout Europe. The steel faced insulated panel market in the UK alone is worth over £200 million pounds p.a. This type of product is governed by its European Standard EN 14509 and has insurance approval requirements from both the Loss Prevention Council Board (LPCB) and FM Approvals. Tata Steel UK’s steel faced insulated panels currently have performance declarations in line with this code and are approved to both insurance bodies in line with the product use.

This project offers the opportunity for a Research Engineer to drive an investigation into novel combinations of chemical components which will provide a product that can be easily processed, provide a similar cost base, structural and fire performance whilst being ground breaking in its non-reliance of petrochemical polyols, and to reduce environmental impact.

The Research Engineer will work collaboratively with the insulating panel manufacturing site in North Wales with a requirement for outcomes to be rolled out to other Building Systems panel producers in main-land Europe. This will require investigation and consideration of manufacturing and legislative drivers at each site.

The Research Engineer will be based at Swansea University, with access to its world class research facilities. This project provides an excellent opportunity to be at the forefront of Academic Scientific Research, linked strongly to industry and delivering a breadth of experience within a range of disciplines.

Innovation should be focused on creating customizable solutions that can be integrated economically into continuous foam production between two steel skins with the performance and sustainability providing the same or better performance to today’s petrochemical equivalent.


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.

Please visit our website for more information on eligibility.


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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.


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