Optimisation of High Yield Steel Coil Processing Characteristics

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Supervisors: TBC

Celsa UK is both the sole producer of steel reinforcement and the largest fabricator, in the UK and is part of a Europe wide steel company. It is the only business in the UK to operate a process route from production of liquid metal through to the supply of 75 tonne welded steel units. 

Celsa manufacturing produces a high yield steel coil, which is then processed by Celsa Steel services. To attain the best results from the coil, the ideal solution would be for every metre of the coil to be identical in terms of its physical profile, its chemical and mechanical characteristics and its microstructure. These aspects are a function of the various production stages involved in producing the coil. It is perhaps not surprising that the ideal solution cannot always be attained. 

The aim of this project is to achieve coil characteristics as close to the ideal as possible, through understanding the influence of steelmaking and rolling process controls. 

To achieve the aim, it will be necessary to understand the nature of the product variation through the coil, in terms of its physical profile, chemical composition, mechanical properties and microstructure and to relate these to coil processing conditions.

As process variables will likely impact each other the project aims to model the complex interactions between the numerous process variations. 

Under production conditions, variations in the product can lead to stoppages, increased waste and risk to individuals.

Swansea university is a top 30 UK 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.

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. 

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.

Sponsoring Company Celsa Manufacturing UK and Celsa Steel Services UK

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. 



Full fees at Home/EU rate for a period of one academic year.

The studentship covers the full costs of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 per annum for a period of one year.

Closing Date 15 March 2019

Start Date October 2019

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