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PhD Studentship: Steels Processing - Effect Of Residual Elements From Scraps On Steel Processing And Service Properties Of Typical Steel Grades

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 to £17,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th February 2019
Expires: 15th May 2019

EPSRC ICASE Award with Tata Steel

Supervisor: Dr Zushu Li

PhD maintenance plus industrial top-up: £17,777 per annum

Start date: ASAP 

Project Overview

A significantly increased use of scrap in steel manufacturing process has been widely recognized as a low CO2 production pathway, which is in particular attractive for the UK steel industry considering the over-supply of steel scrap in the UK and its projected growth in quantity in the 2020’s. However, the quality (e.g. residual elements) and applicability of the scraps to the specific use of steel is not clear, while out-of-spec impurities in scraps are found having detrimental effects on the steel processing and the quality of the steel produced.

This work aims to study the influence of residual elements (Cu, Co, and their combination with other impurities Ni, Cr, As, Sn, Sb, Mo, etc) on the processability and properties (e.g. hot shortness, descaling, strength, ductility, surface quality) of typical steel grades identified with industry partner Tata Steel. The work will be carried out by using the world leading research facilities at the Advanced Steel Research Centre funded by EPSRC and HEFCE at WMG, University of Warwick.

Eligibility and desired qualities

We are actively seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the Steel Processing team at WMG, the University of Warwick with the following entry requirements and expectations:

  • A 1st or 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) in a science and technology field: Metallurgy, Materials Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry.
  • A passion and enthusiasm to challenge the state of the art and to apply the world leading research facilities for the creation of critical knowledge and its industrial applications.


Due to funding regulations, this project is open to UK/EU students only. To be eligible for this project the successful applicant should have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for 3 years prior to the project start-date, apart from occasional or temporary absences. Additional information about this is available on the EPSRC website.

This position provides an attractive tax-free stipend of £14,777 (plus industrial top-up £3,000) per annum for 4 years.


Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Zushu Li in the first instance.

To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

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