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Formulating the Future - an Automotive Clear Coat for the Construction Market

Key Information

Background

Tata Steel Europe (TSE) is the second largest producer of pre-painted steel in Europe. To maintain this position, the organisation is constantly trying to improve the current product range, either through the development of best in class coatings for the construction industry, improved offerings in service or through added functionality.

Tata’s premium coated products can offer maintenance free warranties of up to 40 years and this technology is based on decades of experience. Recently, Tata Steel Colors UK have invested in manufacturing capability that can produce 3 paint layers in a single pass. Through the use of innovative clear coat technology, market leading products can be produced. To continue developing these products, the use of an automotive clear coat layer that has been formulated for use on our manufacturing process for the construction market is desired. Such an innovative clear coat will need to be fully assessed in terms of physical properties, but also via accelerated tests, natural weathering, and forensic analysis of the formulated product.

Project Aims

  • Work in conjunction with key paint suppliers to fully understand the current paint formulation

  • Use gained knowledge of suppliers who can offer clear coat technology to specify how to formulate a polymer that can be run on our manufacturing line with the required properties

  • Evaluate the mechanisms and rates of coating degradation and erosion of the produced clear coat formulation via external and accelerated testing, UV, ATR-FTIR, and Raman spectroscopy

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.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

Sponsoring Company Tata Steel Colors

Tata Steel Europe (TSE) is the second largest producer of pre-painted steel in Europe. To maintain this position, the organisation is constantly trying to improve the current product range, either through the development of best in class coatings for the construction industry, improved offerings in service or through added functionality.

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

Funding

Fees at UK/EU rate and a stipend of £20000 per annum for a period of four years. 

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