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Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Innovative High Performance Coatings for Grain Oriented Electrical Steel

Project Description

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Dr Pleydell-Pearce, Dr J Searle and Dr F Robinson

Sponsoring company: Cogent Power Ltd. (Orb Works, Newport)

Cogent Power Ltd is a producer of World Class electrical steels including grain-oriented products at Orb Works in Newport.

Grain oriented electrical steel is an essential material in the manufacture of energy-efficient transformers and large high-performance generators.

The unrivalled magnetic properties result from the unique grain structure, formed through a complex production process, starting with high-silicon hot-rolled coil feedstock.

The coatings applied to grain-oriented steels play a critical role in their performance providing insulation between laminations, holding the steel strip in tension to reduce magnetic losses and reducing magnetostriction during magnetisation and demagnetisation of the transformer core in service.

There are two coating layers present on grain oriented electrical steel, namely Forsterite and tension coating. The Forsterite layer can exhibit variation in coverage, colour and thickness that is accentuated by the current tension coating, which is undesirable and solutions are sought to minimise or eliminate.

This research aims to improve consistency of appearance, colour and adhesion combined with increasing the tension applied and avoidance of sticky coatings.

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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