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.
Sponsoring Company Tata Steel
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 years.
Maintenance stipend at £12500 per annum for a period of one years.