Tata Steel offers a wide range of steel strip products including High Strength Low Alloy Steel (HSLA), Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) and Ultra High Strength Steel (UHSS) for use in manufacturing. automotive bodies and hollow sections for engineering parts are common applications.
Steel cleanness and internal segregation of the final slab is dependent upon manufacturing practice during steelmaking and continuous casting. These material characteristics are revealed in the final strip steel product in terms of inclusion distribution, micro segregation and/or banding. This project will study the effects of these microstructural features on the product quality and performance.
This Engineering Doctorate project will focus on improving product performance through improvements to process, specifically to:
• assess the impact of current steelmaking and continuous casting conditions on the product performance of HSLAs and AHSSs; • identify optimum manufacturing conditions to reduce micro-segregation and banding, through comparison of casting routes; • identify improvements through assessment of steel cleanness.
The Research Engineer, through sampling and characterisation of the product, will consider the effect of manufacturing conditions and casting routes on macro and micro segregation. S/he Will identify the main microstructural features of the product and undertake mechanical testing to study the effect of steelmaking conditions on the presence of harmful impurities and inclusion distribution. Numerical modelling tools will be used to both understand and validate experimental data. The research outcomes will be utilised to inform improvements to both process and product quality performance.
Eligibility We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.
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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.