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PhD Studentship - Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Designing and Manufacturing Greener and Safer Insulation Foams for the Building Industry

Swansea University - Engineering

Qualification Type: Professional Doctorate
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £20,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th June 2019
Closes: 31st August 2019

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Professor P Holliman and Dr G Bunting

Sponsoring company: TATA Steel - Building Systems

This post will remain open until a suitable candidate is found and we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

Tata Steel is Europe's second largest steel producer and under its Building Systems division has extensive insulating panel manufacturing capabilities throughout Europe. The steel faced insulated panel market in the UK alone is worth over £200 million pounds p.a. This type of product is governed by its European Standard EN 14509 and has insurance approval requirements from both the Loss Prevention Council Board (LPCB) and FM Approvals. Tata Steel UK’s steel faced insulated panels currently have performance declarations in line with this code and are approved to both insurance bodies in line with the product use.

This multi-disciplinary project is based around a vision of greener manufacturing to make safer, more sustainable ploymer foams for building insulation which is essential to meet future energy-use targets. The Research Engineer will have the chance to work across the entire life cycle from the design of bio-based raw materials to manufacturing to fire retardancy and insulation testing to lifetime measurements. Life cycle analysis (LCA) will help to define project goals and to analyse results to make truly greener materials.

The Research Engineer will work collaboratively with the insulating panel manufacturing site in North Wales with a requirement for outcomes to be rolled out to other Building Systems panel producers in main-land Europe. This will require investigation and consideration of manufacturing and legislative drivers at each site.

The Research Engineer will be based at Swansea University, with access to its world class research facilities. This project provides an excellent opportunity to be at the forefront of Academic Scientific Research, linked strongly to industry and delivering a breadth of experience within a range of disciplines.

Innovation should be focused on creating customizable solutions that can be integrated economically into continuous foam production between two steel skins with the performance and sustainability providing the same or better performance to today’s petrochemical equivalent.


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.


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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