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Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Forensic Analysis of Weathered Organic Coatings to Understand Mechanisms of Degradation

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

Project Description

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Dr M Carnie and Dr P Barker

Sponsoring company: TATA Steel Colors

TATA Steel Europe is the second largest producer or pre-painted steel in Europe. To maintain this position, the organisation is constantly trying to improve the current product range, either through the development of best in class coatings for the construction industry, improved offerings in service or through added functionality. As Tata’s premium coated products can offer maintenance free warranties of up to 40 years it is essential that the performance under different climatic conditions are fully understood to support product guarantees, new colour ranges to new markets and new climates and new product development for the next generation of painted steel coatings.

The Research Engineer will:

- Support product development with data and advice as to coatings performance, colour performance and product guarantee durations.
- Investigate materials that have been degraded through external or accelerated testing. Many of these samples have been exposed for a minimum of 5 years.
- Use techniques such as Ultra-Violet, attenuated Total Reflection, Fourier Transform Infra-Red and Raman Spectroscopy to determine the mechanism and rates of organic coating degradation and erosion, working collaboratively with TATA Steel Colors’ key paint suppliers.
- Understand how differing climatic conditions and colours affect the coating characteristics using through depth profile and surface analysis.
- Develop non-destructive techniques to assess performance of the weathered samples, such as colour, gloss, blister formation and creep measurements.
- Provide data and recommendations to TATA Steel Colors, on use of product ranges and colour ranges in different climates and markets. For newly developed products, provide supporting data and recommendations of predicted performance.

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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