Sinter is a form of iron ore which is charged to Port Talbot Blast Furnaces and the cost of its manufacture is expected to be lower than the cost of direct charge material such as iron ore pellets and lump ores for the foreseeable future. Maximising its consumption is desirable from a cost base perspective but improvements in the understanding of the mineralogical phases are desired.
The aim of the project is to improve sinter quality at Port Talbot. It will involve understanding how sinter plant processing conditions, sinter blend (chemical) composition and physical parameters (e.g. particle-size) influence the metallurgical phases formed in Port Talbot sinter.
Understanding the link between sinter mineralogy, sinter quality (reduction-disintegration, RD, testing) and the effect of sinter on the Blast Furnace process is also required.
The project will involve working with Sinter Plant & Blast Furnace manufacturing teams as well as Local (Sinter Pot) & Global R&D.
Working with manufacturing teams to establish & maintain regular sinter sampling practices
Understanding of sinter mineralogy analysis using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
Appreciation of RD testing & the interpretation of such results in terms of mineralogical phases formed in sinter
Background in physical science or materials science with an affinity of analytical methods, instrumentation and industrially focused research.
Sponsoring Company Tata Steel – Swansea Research Centre
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
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.Funding
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