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PhD Studentship: Simulation of Texture Development during Steel Processing

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £15,009 to £18,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 18th April 2019
Closes: 18th July 2019

Supervisor name: Claire Davis

Second Supervisor: Dr Mo Ji

Project Type: PhD

Start date: ASAP

Project Overview

This PhD studentship provides an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team in our Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC) at WMG, University of Warwick: an internationally leading centre for steel research. The ASRC is located in the new Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Centre (AMMC) building and has benefited from a multi-million pound investment in new equipment. The ASRC consists of five academic staff, over ten research fellows, and more than twenty PhD / EngD students working in steel processing, characterisation and applications. This PhD studentship is part of a large EPSRC funded Prosperity Partnership with Tata Steel and Swansea University, so the successful candidate will join a team of researchers and other PhD students in the area of rapid alloy processing and will have the opportunity to be part of the larger project network with opportunities for collaborative as well as your main individual research activities.

Currently developing new steel alloys requires 100s of tonnes of materials making trials slow and expensive. The overall Prosperity Partnership project aims to develop a high throughput approach (rapid alloy processing, RAP) to the development of new steels and coating alloys (spanning academia and industry) targeting an order of magnitude increase in alloy discovery. This will allow for a much greater pace and creativity in the development of improved products for customers with applications in automotive, packaging, defence and construction, as well as in more rapid process developments such as the increased use of scrap metal in primary production.

To achieve the desired formability that many applications of strip steel require (e.g. canning and automotive body panels) the crystallographic texture in the steel sheet needs to be optimised, which requires understanding of the relationships between cold deformation processing parameters and microstructural state (including strain state and texture) for cold deformation of steels. This PhD will focus on understanding the current models for texture development, which have been primarily developed for electrical steels and Al-based alloys) and require fitting parameters, and build on these relationships to develop predictive models for high formability conventional steel strip grades. The expansion of the predictive capability into a more robust understanding will allow new compositions and process parameter windows to be explored and trialled using the experimental RAP facilities.


Funding Source: EPSRC via Swansea as part of the EPSRC-Tata Steel Prosperity Partnership grant

Funding Duration: 4 years

Funding: Funded by EPSRC and Tata Steel for 4 years, the 19/20 stipend level will be £15,009 plus an additional top-up of £3,000 so £18,009 in total for 19/20.

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

*Please note that the offer of the position is subject to confirmation of funding.

Funding Eligibility: UK resident

Sponsor Company: TBC - Tata Steel (industrial top up to be confirmed)

Desired Student background: Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in Materials Sciences (including Metallurgy, Ceramics), Mechanical Engineering or related disciplines.

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