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Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Use of Sinter Pot Pilot Facility to Optimise Sinter Plant Performance

Project Description

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Dr C Pleydell-Pearce, Dr K Bevan and Dr C Melvin

Sponsoring company: Tata Steel

Blast Furnace burdens contain in varying levels; Sinter, Pellets and Lump. Sinter quality impacts on furnace stability and shaft permeability, and ultimately on environmental performance.

Port Talbot Steelworks has a pilot scale sintering facility. This enables investigation into many of the metrics affecting predicted furnace performance including sinter quality. The facility enables small scale trials of sintering, with known blends and processing parameters.
This process control allows the ability to study the bed permeability, alongside the evolution of small particulates during the process into the sinter pot flue system at a variety of suction levels and blend compositions.

The aim of the research is to identify key operating positions for the sinter plant to maximise value of the product, at the same time as minimising the evolution of dusts in the process. The research will utilise live Sinter Plant data and Sinter Pot trials to corroborate hypotheses.

The Research Engineer will:
• Develop an understanding of Sinter quality;
• Develop an understanding of the sintering process parameters, that can influence key sinter quality parameters;
• Investigate the role of particle sizing, mineralogy and chemistry of ores, in dust generation;
• Investigate the role of waste gas suction in dust generation;
• Investigate the role of fluxes and reverts in sinter quality and dust generation.

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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