Metallurgical characterisation of food can easy open-end score.

Key Information

Supervisors: Dr W Harrison and Dr M Coleman

Expected interview date: 18th June 2019. 

Crown Packaging Manufacturing UK Limited is a world-wide metal packaging technology company with operations in over 40 countries. 

An important product for Crown is their food cans with full aperture easy open ends. These cans are manufactured with a score which allows the can to be opened without the need for a separate opener. An improved understanding of the micro-mechanical behaviour of the score will help efforts to optimise the performance of these opening and to validate numerical models of the opening process. This would provide designers a valuable tool when evaluating the behaviour of new ends, with different material grades and gauges, offer  the potential for reduced material use-age and lighter weight products.

This project aims to evaluate the mechanical properties of a score. It is anticipated that the Research Engineer will:

  • Prepare samples and make measurement across the cross section of the score using techniques such as micro-hardness, Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Diffraction.
  • Characterise damage in the material around the score using data from the above tests and the effect this has on opening force.
  • Utilise data obtained to validate numerical models of score opening.

The candidate will work collaboratively with Crown’s Research Centre in Wantage and should have knowledge of finite element analysis and some experience of Materials Science. Experience of using Abaqus software would be an advantage.

Swansea University is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners. 

Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University. 

The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

Sponsoring Company Crown
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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.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding.

Full fees at Home/EU rate for a period of one academic year.

Maintenance stipend of £12500 per annum for a period of one year.

Closing Date 27 May 2019

Start Date October 2019

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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk