M2A

Use of Sinter Pot Pilot Facility to optimise Sinter Plant Performance

Key Information

Supervisors: Dr C Pleydell-Pearce, Dr K Bevan and Dr C Melvin.

This advert will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Do not delay, submit your application today.

Expected Interview Date: As soon as can be arranged.

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 names 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 research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by 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 committed 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, to learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

Sponsoring Company TATA Steel
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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.

Funding Full fees at Home/EU rate for a period of four academic years.
Maintenance stipend at £20K per annum for a period of four years. Closing Date 31 July 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