Oxide Engineering on TCCT packaging steel

Key Information

In 2017, Tata Steel has decided to commercialise TCCT (Trivalent Chromium Coated Technology), in response to REACH legislation banning the use of Cr6+ based chemicals in industrial processes. The first coils will be produced in IJmuiden works (NL), but Trostre works (UK) will follow soon. Swansea University and SPECIFIC have contributed greatly to this effort by developing theories and background information on the properties and performance.

Work by other Eng-Docs has focused on the metallic inner layer of TCCT, both as such and in relation to the substrate. The outer oxide is known to determine important parameters such as adhesion and corrosion resistance, and is barely investigated.

Project Aims

The first part will consist of investigating the link between surface oxides (structure and chemistry) and performance.

The second part will start when production has started in earnest (especially at Trostre works), which is to link process settings to performance, via characterisation.

Suitable candidate 

The research will encompass electrochemical/performance experiments (SVET, SKP, CV, deformation, etc.) as well as in-depth characterisation (FEG-SEM, FIB-TEM, XPS, etc.). A background in chemistry, materials science and/or physics will be required.


Sponsoring Company Tata Steel Packaging

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:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

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The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a.

Closing Date 3 June 2018

Start Date October 2017

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