Closing date: 27 May 2019

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Dr C Pleydell-Pearce, Dr K Bevan and Dr C Melvin

Sponsoring company: Tata Steel

Blast Furnace burdens contain in varying levels; Sinter, Pellets and Lump. Sinter quality impacts on furnace stability and shaft permeability, and ultimately on environmental performance.

Port Talbot Steelworks has a pilot scale sintering facility. This enables investigation into many of the metrics affecting predicted furnace performance including sinter quality. The facility enables small scale trials of sintering, with known blends and processing parameters.

This process control allows the ability to study the bed permeability, alongside the evolution of small particulates during the process into the sinter pot flue system at a variety of suction levels and blend compositions.

The aim of the research is to identify key operating positions for the sinter plant to maximise value of the product, at the same time as minimising the evolution of dusts in the process. The research will utilise live Sinter Plant data and Sinter Pot trials to corroborate hypotheses.

The Research Engineer will:

  • Develop an understanding of Sinter quality;
  • Develop an understanding of the sintering process parameters, that can influence key sinter quality parameters;
  • Investigate the role of particle sizing, mineralogy and chemistry of ores, in dust generation;
  • Investigate the role of waste gas suction in dust generation;
  • Investigate the role of fluxes and reverts in sinter quality and dust generation.

Swansea University is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2019 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners. 

Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.  

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 committee to addressing unequal gender representation.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

For more details please see here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-engd-use-sinter-2019---php

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online application form.

The deadline for applications is 27 May 2019. Expected interview date is in the week commencing 17 June 2019.

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements

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

 To be eligible for EPSRC funding, applicants should:

  • Be eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University.
  • Have settled status in the UK, meaning no restrictions on the length of stay in the UK; and be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant, apart from temporary or occasional absences.
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.

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 at:
www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/english-requirements

Funding Notes

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.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

27 May 2019

Please see our website for how to apply:
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