Advanced analytics of sinter plant operations to minimise particulate emissions

Key Information

The Tata Steel integrated steel plant in Port Talbot collects vast amounts of data in the various works areas. The Blast Furnaces are the main drivers of the site’s underlying financial performance. Therefore, their efficient and stable operations are paramount for the long-term future of the business.

Consistent raw materials are crucial for a stable operation of the Blast Furnaces. These raw materials are ferrous materials (sinter, pellets and lump ores) and coke and injection coal. Sinter is made on-site by the sinter plant. Its continued operation is key for providing the blast furnaces with a consistent feed of raw materials. However, both increased production levels as well as more stringent environmental demands push the sinter plant to its limits with respect to particulate emissions.

Project Aims

1.       Spend time on plant to familiarise oneself with the process

2.       Use novel data analysis techniques to improve understanding of the process and to develop a model to correlate process parameters to particulate emissions

3.       Identify areas of opportunity to decrease particulate emissions

4.       Develop on-line monitors for real-time process interventions and to facilitate analysis (e.g. in process review meetings or morning meetings)

Suitable candidate 

The candidate will have a degree in an Engineering or Science discipline and have excellent communication skills both verbal & written.

Must have own means of transport and will be expected to spend some time on site in order to broaden horizons and improve understanding of the Tata Steel processes.


Sponsoring Company Tata Steel

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:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

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

Start Date October 2018

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