Fully Funded M2A MSc by Research Scholarship: Automation of Ladle Hook Engagement

Swansea University - Engineering

Start Date: October 2018

Sponsoring Company: Tata Steel

TATA Steel UK Ltd is currently undergoing a huge transformation and is looking to the future with its Steel products. Steel is a 21st Century industry with research that is at the scientific and industrial forefront. A research project with TATA Steel UK and Swansea University will give the correct student the opportunity to be heavily involved with industry whilst performing high level academic research in the Swansea Bay Campus facilities. The candidate will be working with multidisciplinary teams, heading up their own research project and gaining invaluable experience at the industrial academic interface.

Project Aims:

Automation of procedures within manufacturing processes allows for increased safety and  throughput. During the manufacturing of steel, molten metal is transported with an overhead crane using large refractory lined steel ladles to the continuous caster where molten steel is cast into a cooled mould. This project will investigate the feasibility of potential automated systems which could be implemented in this harsh operating environment. The aim of the project would be to develop a system to aid the overhead crane driver or even a fully automated ladle pickup system. Dealing with the high temperatures experienced during the transportation of molten metal will give rise to challenges for particular monitoring systems, as well as powering the units as the ladles are detached from the rig at regular intervals. To satisfy the aspects of achieving hook engagement a series of indentation techniques will be used to determine success or failure. These will include radar, load cell distribution and acoustic analysis.


Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements

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Funding Details

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

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