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Development of formable automotive steel grades through alternative steel making technologies.

Key Information

Supervisors: Prof Cameron Pleydell-Pearce

Expected interview date : March 2020


Tata Steel is one of the leading global suppliers of automotive steel products.

One of the future challenges will be producing steels with good formability for use in body in white applications. Currently this is done using ultra low carbon (ULC) interstitial free (IF) steels. IF steels allow automotive manufactures to produce aesthetically pleasing designs. One of the current challenges facing the steel industry is the need to decarbonise and utilise increasing levels of recycled steel. In order to meet these challenges various options will need to be explored. One option being considered by a number of European steelmakers, is to convert to electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking. For a range of specifications, EAF provides minimal challenges for switching from basic oxygen steelmaking. We believe IF steels will present a challenge due to the need for low carbon and low nitrogen levels not typically seen from EAF process routes. Our hope is to develop our knowledge in this field.


Understanding capability of EAF to produce low carbon and low nitrogen levels. Evaluate options to produce high formability steel specifications (DX56+Z/DX57+Z) via the EAF route.

 Proposed Activities:

  • Understanding capability of EAF steel making especially with regards to producing interstitial free steel.
  • Evaluate impact of steel cleanliness compared to BOF/RH route.
  • Evaluate feasible levels of interstitial free elements and create lab casts to simulate (VIM).
  • Develop lab based processing route and evaluate mechanical properties (CASIM).
  • Evaluate suitability for hot dip galvanising (HDSIM).
  • Recommendations for future capability and process routes.
Sponsoring Company Tata Steel Strip UK
Company Website Eligibility
We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.
Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application. 
Full eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility
Fees at UK/EU rate and stipend of £20000 per annum for each of four years.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.
Closing Date 1 April 2020

Start Date September 2020

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