On a global scale, there are trillions of tonnes of raw materials moved daily in almost all types of industries including mining, pharmaceuticals, marine and manufacturing.
As an example, an integrated steel works must import vast amounts raw materials to meet market demands of the end user for high quality steels. The efficiency of the extraction of iron from an ore is essential to the economics of producing a cost effective hot metal commodity. Key factors in maintaining an advantage in an extremely volatile market place are issues related to production “downtime” due to plant failure and unscheduled plant maintenance. The raw materials used for this process vary in density, consistency and are generally extremely abrasive which greatly contributes to system deterioration and wear. The conveyor belt infrastructure used to distribute the raw materials consist of numerous head chute arrangements to change conveyor belt direction. These are particularly vulnerable to intense impact and high energy transfer considering the bulk handling requirements expected of this type of equipment.
The project proposed here is a two-pronged attack involving:
Wear resistant metals use sophisticated surface metallurgy to improve performance in this field. However, high wear resistance alone may delay deterioration but not prevent it. Modelling the transition of raw material through a domain maps the physical nature of the dynamic flow and will compare the virtual world with onsite situations. With this type of virtual analysis validated against real equipment data, this project will offer considerable insight into material flow dynamics and have the ability to use results to reengineer systems with high quality wear resistant solutions.
Background in Engineering,Maths or Physics with an interest in computational modelling
Prof Steve Brown, Dr Nick LaverySponsoring Company Walcolmony & Tata Steel
Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.
Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:
Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility
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.Funding
The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a.Closing Date 28 February 2018