Closing date: 28 February 2018
Start date: October 2018
Sponsoring Company: British Steel
Academic Supervisors: Dr Mark Evans, Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
During the steelmaking process, liquid steel at ~1600°C is cast from a ladle into a tundish on a continuous casting machine.
During the casting process liquid steel is teemed through a ladle nozzle, within this nozzle is a ladle well-filler which acts to prevent steel penetration into the bore of the nozzle. The well-filer is typically made from materials such as SiO2, Al₂O₃ and Cr2O3.
When the nozzle is opened the well-filler must dissipate as to not inhibit the flow of the molten steel out of the ladle. This ladle free opening is critical for the successful casting of steel in terms of maintaining quality, output and operator safety.
The project is intended to answer a number of fundamental questions regarding ladle well-filler:
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.
Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project is suitable for someone with a Materials or Physical Science Background, or an applied mathematics/statistic background.
We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/
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 scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a.