Tata Steel Europe (TSE) is the second largest producer of pre-painted steel in Europe. To maintain this position, the organisation is constantly trying to improve the current product range, either through the development of best in class coatings for the construction industry, improved offerings in service or through added functionality. As Tata’s premium coated products can offer maintenance free warranties of up to 40 years it is essential that the performance under different climatic conditions if fully understood.
The project aims of the research will be to :
Analyse materials that have been degraded through external or accelerated testing.
Use analytical techniques such as UV, ATR FTIR and Raman spectroscopy to determine the mechanism and rates of organic coating degradation and erosion.
Understand how different climatic conditions affect the coating characteristics using through depth profile and surface analysis.
Further develop non-destructive techniques to assess performance of weathered samples, such as colour, gloss, blister formation and creep measurement
Suitable for a materials or chemistry student, with an interest sustainability or paint chemistry.
Sponsoring Company Tata Steel Colors
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:
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