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Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Effects of Mineralogy on Sinter Reduction-Disintegration Properties and Correlation with Blast Furnace Performance

Project Description

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Dr C Pleydell-Pearce and Dr M Greenslade

Sponsoring company: Tata Steel

Annual plan for sinter consumption is 65% and for each percentage point below plan the additional cost of iron ore pellets is £35,000 per week. There is a clear cost benefit in maximising sinter consumption. Sinter also provides maximum burden flexibility as it can be manufactured to specification. It is expected to the highest value in use /lowest cost ferrous material, going forward, and an improved technical understanding is required in order to increase levels in line with plans.

The Research Engineer will:
• Develop understanding of chemical analysis including, chemical analysis for Fe and Fe (II);
• Develop understanding of sinter microstructure and the parameters which can influence it;
• Develop understanding of relationship between sinter reducibility and strength;
• Explore reducibility and strength in connection with microstructure and or mineralogy;
• Undertake routine testing in collaboration with manufacturing unit;
• Explore the reduction kinetics of sintered material and link to plant operating conditions;
• Review literature and work collaboratively with Research and Development Team to develop the next generation test through varying, gas, temperature, composition and reducing agents;
• Utilise outputs to inform best practice, ensuring optimum reduction-disintegration properties.

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.

Please visit our website for more information on eligibility.

Funding Notes

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.

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