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Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Use of a Mini Coke Oven to Increase Value in Use Coking Coal Blends

Project Description

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Dr C Pleydell-Pearce and Dr P Dickinson

Sponsoring company: Tata Steel

Coke is the most expensive constituent of the Blast Furnace burden and the Blast Furnace process is sensitive to its quality. The Port Talbot site is also deficient in coke supply meaning that precautions must be taken before measures to reduce blend costs are explored. A mini oven can be used to predict the behaviour of high value in use coals in blends whilst also exploring coke structure and oxidation kinetics.

The Research Engineer will:
• Develop understanding of Coal and Coke analysis;
• Develop understanding of the coking process and the parameters which influence key coke quality indicators;
• Investigate use of UK coals in base blends with consideration to maximising cost savings;
• Undertake blend testing and link results with texture;
• Explore the value of understanding coke oxidation kinetics.

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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