M2A

Environmental Impact on Corrosion in Industry

Key Information

Academic Supervisor(s): Professor David Penney

Industrial Supervision: Dr Peter Toms

This post will remain open until a suitable candidate is found and we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

Corrosion is a natural process that costs the world economy around $3 trillion per annum. Much can be done to remediate the process, through careful design and selection of materials.

Corrosion is an electrochemical reaction between a metal and its environment, involving an anode, a cathode, electrical conduction, and an electrolyte.  By removing one of these, corrosion can be stopped.

The local environment has considerable influence on the rate and scale of corrosion. This research aims to examine the local environment at various parts of the Port Talbot Integrated Steel Works. High Chloride levels from the sea and Carbon particles from the works accelerate the corrosion of structures and plant. By understanding the local conditions, it will be possible to design and select coatings and treatments that arrest corrosion activity, improving the lifespan of the plant and delivering cost savings to the business. 

It is envisaged the successful candidate will spend a large portion of their time on plant making chemical and physical measurements.

 

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 and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

 

Sponsoring Company Tata Steel
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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.

Funding

Full fees at Home/EU rate for a period of one academic years.
Maintenance stipend at £12500 per annum for a period of one years.

Closing Date 30 August 2019

Start Date September 2019


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