Materials Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC PHD Scholarship Swansea University

  • Phd
  • £20,000
  • 3 August 2022

Materials Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC PHD Scholarship: Novel Coatings for the Prevention of Cut Edge Corrosion on Galvanised Steel

Galvanizing is a widely used, economical and durable method to protect steel from corrosion and continues to offer a sustainable option for significantly extending the life of steel products. Galvanized steel has broad range of applications that affect our daily lives including both automotive and construction sectors. The galvanic protection principle is based on the electrochemical relationship between steel and the zinc layer. The zinc coating acts as a sacrificial (anode) to protect the of steel (cathode) by oxidation from corrosion. For economic reasons, manufacturers reduce the weight and develop new types of sacrificial zinc (alloy) metal coatings. Introduction of these new coatings results in inconsistent corrosion performance between steel products of different manufacturers. Cut-edge corrosion protection is a major challenge for the industry, especially in C4/C5 (severe) exposure environments. This PhD aims to understand the corrosion mechanisms of cut-edge corrosion and corrosion resistance of new grades of coated galvanized steel substrates. Understanding the corrosion mechanisms will lead to new strategies for the protection of these substrates in severe environments using active protective coatings.

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Eligibility

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. An understanding of additive manufacturing is highly desirable.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations due to EPSRC international yearly quota.

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility.

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Benefits

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000 for four years.

Additional research expenses will also be available.

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