Computational Modelling of Fracture in a Food Can Opening

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Supervisors: Dr W Harrison and TBC

This advert will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Do not delay, submit your application today.

Expected Interview Date: As soon as can be arranged.

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 numerical model of the damage in material around the score, will help efforts to optimise the performance of these openings. This would provide designers a valuable tool when evaluating the behaviour of new ends, with different materials and grades, offer the potential for reduced material use and lighter weight products.

This project aims to develop a model for the accumulation of damage during the scoring process. The Research Engineer will:

  • Compare predictions of deformation and damage with experimentally obtained metallurgical observations.
  • Predict rupture of the score using different failure modes, chosen to represent available experimental data.
  • It is anticipated the model, once validated, will be used to predict and optimise the performance of a food can easy open end during ‘pop and tear’ 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 or Elfen software would be an advantage although no essential.

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.

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 31 July 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