Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Investigation into Heat Treatment of Weartech Alloys

Swansea University - Engineering

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. 

Weartech’s alloys used in hard facing welding consumables and wear resistant cast components benefit from high surface hardness and excellent mechanical properties. Components are routinely heat treated to reduce stress and minimise the chance of cracking. One heat treatment area that has yet to be investigated fully is the age hardening of Weartech alloys. Research work involving similar alloys demonstrates potential improvements to hardness when appropriate heat cycles are used.

Project Aims
Full investigation into appropriate heat treatment cycles for Weartech alloys, including production trials and metallurgical analysis.

The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2017.

Sponsoring Company: Weartech International

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Academic Requirements
Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in Materials Engineering with good metallurgy knowledge. 

Residency Criteria

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Additional Funding Information
The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 p.a.

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