Optimisation of Coke Oven Gas Cleaning to Maximise Value in use of Coke Oven By-products

Key Information

Coke is highly carbonaceous material which is used as a reductant in Blast Furnace Ironmaking. It is a grey, hard, and porous material which is produced in a process which involves heating coal in the absence of oxygen in a coke oven. This process drives off the volatile matter and enriches the carbon content of the material.

Hot gases are evolved from the coal and this passes through a gas space at the top of the coke oven into a collecting main prior to quenching. The gas is treated to remove dust and extract high value petrochemical feedstocks such as tar, oil, ammonia and hydrogen sulphide. The clean gas in known as coke oven gas (COG) and its availability is paramount to the energy balance across an integrated steelworks.

Project Aims

The aim of the project is understand the cokemaking process at Morfa coke Ovens and focus on the operation of the by-products plant to maximise the yield and improve the quality of high value petrochemical products such as Tar, Ammonia, and Benzol.

The project will also involve understanding the companies contractual obligations in order to minimise financial penalties and maximising the value stream by optimising processing conditions and procedures.

Suitable candidate 

Background in physical science, chemical engineering, process engineering, or materials science with an affinity of 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:

  • 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