Closing date: 28 February 2018
Start Date: October 2018
Sponsoring Company: Tata Steel
The influence of MgZn Metallic Coatings on the Surface Characteristics and Performance of Full-Finish Automotive Steels - with Tata Steel Strip UK now looking to develop its ability to manufacture Magnesium-Zinc coated steels, and the current interest in surface low waviness products for automotive applications, the aim of this project is to bring these two topic areas together into one research programme.
The waviness characteristics of galvanised products have a major influence over the final paint appearance of exterior automotive body panels. And with leading vehicle manufacturers constantly looking to reduce the weight of their new models, thinner paint systems are now being applied to body structures. This in turn means that the underlying steel product now has a greater potential to impact on paint performance and quality, as valued by not just the automotive manufacturer, but more importantly the final end customer.
There are a number of parameters which are associated with achievement of the final waviness of a steel surface, including the products metallurgical composition, and the process route by which it is manufactured. This project will look specifically at those parameters associated with Magnesium-Zinc coated steels, and identify the differences with this type of coated material in comparison with more traditional hot-dip galvanised steels.
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Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. Thie project is suitable for candidates with a background in Materials Engineering or Chemistry.
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.