PhD CASE Studentship

Project Title: Micro-structuring Micro-alloyed Steels via Non-metallic Precipitate Formation

Project Overview:

This PhD is a 3 year CASE award studentship between WMG and our industrial partner Tata Steel.


The project will be co-supervised by Prof Seetharaman, Royal Academy of Engineering / Tata Steel Research Chair in Low Carbon Materials Technologies, and Professor Richard Dashwood, Academic Director, WMG


The proposed research aims to characterize the precipitation events of non-metallic particles during solidification of micro-alloyed steels in order to develop a fundamental understanding that would provide guidance to optimized alloying, which would enable for direct hot-charging without sacrificing the final micro-structure quality.

Direct hot-charging eliminates the need for re-heating and is an energy efficient option to produce flat steel products.

The approach is to combine a range of high temperature time resolved in-situ methods; synchrotron based methods to identify the evolving phases, and confocal scanning laser microscopy for imaging. 

Awards available:  1 award available.

Funding Details:  Fees and maintenance at RCUK Level

Length of Award:  3 years (CASE PhD)

Eligibility:  Due to funding regulations application is restricted to UK students only.

Application Details:

Any enquiries relating to the application process should be directed to Jennifer Kirkwood at 

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Deadline:  31 October 2013

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