Environmental Impact on Corrosion in Industry

Key Information

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.

Swansea University is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise.
The M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners.
Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.
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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.


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 20 September 2019

Start Date October 2019

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