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Fate of the residual elements from coal injection during ironmaking processes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

TATA Steel Europe inject coals in their blast furnaces to replace coke which helps improve the process control and decrease the production costs. They seek to further increase coal injection rate and to utilise more technically challenging materials that contain higher amounts of residual elements.

However, the implementation of these coals into the process poses a great challenge and the basis of this project will be to identify, quantify and potentially model the issue of element recycling in a blast furnace. The aim of this work will be to improve the understanding of this effect; identify which coals are more prone to this problem; and to investigate potential solutions to mitigate against the negative effects of this on the blast furnace process.

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent).

Applicants should have a good level of proficiency in science, maths and engineering

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Funding Notes

The studentship is open to: UK students; EU students who have been resident in the UK for three years at the course start date; other candidates who can demonstrate a connection to the UK, usually through residency.

The full four year award will cover fees at the Home/EU rate and will provide an annual stipend (£14,777 in 2018/19) with an enhancement.


In the first instance interested applicants are invited to send a CV and covering email/letter to [email protected]


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit an online application form.

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