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Corrosion Resistance of Super Duplex Stainless Steels – the influence of copper and tungsten addition on the passivity and pitting corrosion resistance

Key Information

Supervisors: Dr N Wint and Mr R Rice.

Expected Interview Date: March 2020

Super Duplex Stainless Steels offer an appealing combination of properties, providing higher levels of strength and corrosion resistance than more heavily-alloyed (and expensive) alternatives.  
Langley Alloys developed the first super duplex alloy, Ferralium 255 (S32550) in 1967, which has been joined subsequently by S32760 (developed by Mather & Platt) and S32750 (developed by Sandvik). Although all are based on a 25% chromium composition there are subtle variations – predominantly differences in Cu and W, claimed to influence pitting corrosion resistance.
The influence of both Cu and W additions has been previously studied, with sometimes conflicting results by different groups, although the choice of electrolyte/environmental conditions can affect results.
The Research Engineer will:
• Provide insight into the passivation phenomenon from Copper and Tungsten additions in Super Duplex Stainless Steels;
• Identify conditions under which chosen alloy(s) provide enhanced performance;
• Seek to identify optimum alloy additions based upon insight gained of passivation phenomenon.


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 providing top quality 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.Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunity to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University. 
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 committee to addressing unequal gender representation. 


Sponsoring Company Langley Alloys Ltd.
Company Website Eligibility
We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.
Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application. 

Full eligibility can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility 

Fees at UK/EU rate and stipend of £12500 for one year.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.
Closing Date 1 April 2020

Start Date October 2020

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