Development of slag corrosion test

Key Information

Slag corrosion is one of the main factors influencing service life of refractories. Currently available laboratory tests do not fully represent the phenomena and only partially indicate resistance of refractory materials. Furthermore, the existing tests are energy intensive, time consuming and lack standardisation, which means that generation of conclusive results is very difficult. Comparison of different refractory qualities alone does not satisfy the requirements of a process of material selection in the highly competitive industry. In depth research of the mechanisms is required to understand the slag attack in industrial conditions and design testing procedures corresponding to production processes and giving quantitative results where possible.

Project Aims

The project will involve studying slag corrosion mechanism in different steelmaking vessels including converter, steel ladle, degasser, and tundish. Comparison between existing testing procedures including induction furnace test, rotary furnace test and slag dipping test will be essential part of the investigation. Analysis of the results of various tests will help define advantages and disadvantages of the existing testing procedures and improve understanding of the differences between the production conditions and the laboratory tests. The project will concentrate on development of a standard slag corrosion test producing objective and quantitative result. During the course of the EngD, a special training will be provided aiming at development of a specialist in physical testing of refractories.



Suitable Candiadiate

Metallurgy, Materials Science, or Chemical Engineering graduate with good interpersonal skills to work closely with suppliers, and ability to travel to Tata Steel R&D Centre in the Netherlands.


Sponsoring Company Tata Steel

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in chemistry, physics, or materials engineering.

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 28 February 2018

Start Date October 2018

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