Tata Steel UK has significantly increased its use of steel scrap for steel production, in response to government targets aimed at reducing emissions by 80% by 2050.
Using steel scrap brings the problem of residual elements inherited from the steel scraps. Residual elements influence both the steel processing, and physical properties of the finish product. Most problematic is obsolete scrap, in which chemical compositions fluctuates widely depending on its origin and degree of processing.
Residual elements can influence the processing conditions of steel, directly and indirectly affecting the quality and properties of the final steel product.
This research aims to advance understanding of how residual elements affect steel processing and resultant service properties, and to create optimized through process parameters to control the effects of residual elements.
Through simulating the steel manufacturing process in the laboratory with intentionally added residual elements, the link between the residual elements, steel processing performance and physical properties of the product will be investigated.
The Research Engineer will: - Review the impact of residual elements on steel processing and mechanical properties of the product; - Through laboratory experimentation, investigate the effect of residual elements on steel processing of selected key products; - Through laboratory experimentation, investigate the effect of residual elements on mechanical properties of selected key products; - Through consideration of outcomes, recommend through process parameters to allow increased use of high residual steel scrap in steel processing, without sacrificing mechanical performance properties of the product.
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.