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Materials Engineering MSc by Research


Course Description

With our main research strengths of aerospace materials, environmental materials and steel technology, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Materials Engineering.This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Key Features

Swansea is one of the UK’s leading centres for materials teaching and research. In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Materials Engineering ranked joint 8th in the UK.

The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations. These industrial research links provide excellent research opportunities.

Key research areas within Materials Engineering include:

Design against failure by creep, fatigue and environmental damage
Structural metals and ceramics for gas turbine applications
Grain boundary engineering
Recycling of polymers and composites
Corrosion mechanisms in new generation magnesium alloys
Development of novel strip steel grades (IF, HSLA, Dual Phase, TRIP)
Functional coatings for energy generation, storage and release

Links with industry

The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations including:

Rolls-Royce
Airbus
Tata Steel

Rolls-Royce

The Institute of Structural Materials at Swansea is a core member of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Materials.

This venture supports a wide ranging research portfolio with a rolling value of £6.5 million per annum addressing longer term materials issues.

Airbus

Over £1m funding has been received from Airbus and the Welsh Government in the last three years to support structural composites research and development in the aerospace industry and to support composites activity across Wales.

Tata Steel

Funding of over £6 million to continue our very successful postgraduate programmes with Tata Steel.

Other companies sponsoring research projects include Akzo Nobel, Axion Recycling, BAE Systems, Bayer, Cognet, Ford, HBM nCode, Jaguar Land Rover, Novelis, QinetiQ, RWE Innogy, Timet, TWI (Wales), as well as many smaller companies across the UK.

These industrial research links provide excellent opportunities for great research and employment opportunities.

Facilities

Within the Engineering department at Swansea University there are state-of-the-art facilities specific to Materials Engineering:

Comprehensive computer systems for specialist and general purposes.

World-leading equipment for characterisation of the mechanical properties of metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials.

Extensive range of laboratories housing scanning electron microscopes with full microanalysis and electron backscatter diffraction capabilities.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK

Visit the Materials Engineering MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!



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Student Profiles
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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Towards an Optimised Injection Moulding Procedure to Enhance Sustainability and Profitability - Single Award

Frontier Medical Ltd, based in Blackwood, is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of consumable products to healthcare providers. Their product portfolio includes, but not limited to, purpose-designed disposable plastic sharps containers for the disposal of clinical waste.Injection moulding is the main manufacturing technique to make these products. The company is certain to make substantial cost savings and improvements in its current manufacturing process (such as lower energy and material usage, shorter production cycle time) by gaining a deeper insight into the fundamental physics governing the injection moulding process. To achieve this, the company plans to develop a systematic production monitoring and control system procedure to enhance its operations in order to improve profitability.Project AimsThis project aims to develop a systematic procedure based on computer modelling feasibility studies with on-site experimental trials to achieve and maintain optimum injection moulding process conditions. Therefore, the intention is to reach sustainable manufacturing by:a reduction of manufacturing costs by optimising energy consumption and raw material usage, and;
an increase of productivity while maintaining or improving product quality.The procedure shall be based on the scientific fundamentals of the moulding process, leading to the transformation of the actual manufacturing process into a highly sustainable and profitable one. In addition, it is anticipated that process and part quality improvement may also help to achieve greener manufacturing conditions and higher customer satisfaction.The successful student, with the help of ASTUTE 2020 team, will assist in the computational modelling and experimental trials to be carried at the company. He/she will later lead the implementation of the optimisation procedures throughout the plant. It is anticipated that the candidate will carry out numerical modelling at Swansea University and experimental work at Frontier.The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in September 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £12,500 p.a.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The suitable candidate should have a good background in engineering, with relevant knowledge in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Understanding of the injection moulding process would be desirable.Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for further details.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-optimised-injection-moulding.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Ferrari Body in White- Weight Reduction - Single Award

As part of the design process, the Ferrari Body in White (BIW) team, in collaboration with Altair Product Design UK, have developed a light weight architecture, through linear optimization (topology, topometry, etc.), suitable for front engine GT cars. The chassis is completely delivered with all necessary physical tests close to the start of production.Project Aims:Starting from an established design solution, close to the start of production, the aim of this project is to investigate the following aspects through multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) or other relevant techniques.BIWs are designed for many criteria, including noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) or crash, each of which can be evaluated using advanced simulations. This project involves using these advanced simulations along with modern optimization techniques to minimise the weight of the established BIW design whilst maintaining performance in NVH and crashworthiness. The student will have to identify and agree with Ferrari the most important load-cases to be used in the optimisation process and evaluate BIW performance using tools such as Optistruct, Radioss and Hyperstudy.The student will have the opportunity to run complex finite element analyses in a high performance computing (HPC) environment and work with one of the industry leaders in optimisation and light-weighting (Altair UK). As part of the project, the student would be expected to spend time in Ferrari. The result of these activities will be a package of technical solutions that will be applied and validated by the student.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £12,500 p.a.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The ideal candidate would be a motivated and knowledgeable MSc programme student with experience in CAE and who is interested to start a research project focused on automotive BIW design activities which could potentially evolve into an EngD programme.It is recommended that the student is interested to learn and enhance their knowledge in the Italian language despite Ferrari and the University of Modena having international backgrounds.Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-ferrari-weight-reduction.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Ferrari Body in White - Robust Design - Single Award

As part of the design process, the Ferrari Body in White (BIW) team, in collaboration with Altair Product Design UK, have developed a light weight architecture, through linear optimization (topology, topometry, etc.), suitable for front engine GT cars. The chassis is completely delivered with all necessary physical tests, close to the start of production.Starting from an established design solution, close to the start of production, the aim of this project is to investigate the following aspects through multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) or other relevant techniques.During the construction of the BIW structure, components are manufactured to within specified tolerances. However, they can and will have dimensional and possibly property related variations. In order to have a robust design solution, the effect of these variations on the performance of the BIW architecture in various load cases must be taken into account. This requires exploration and identification of the most important variables (component, assembly and test set-up tolerances) that influence the structural attributes in view to increase the stability/robustness of the design and improve the overall design.The student will have to identify and agree with Ferrari the most important load-cases to be used in the robustness study and as part of the project, the student would be expected to spend time in Ferrari. The student will also have the opportunity to run complex finite element analyses in a high performance computing (HPC) environment and work with one of the industry leaders in optimisation and light-weighting (Altair UK).The result of these activities will be a package of technical solutions that will be applied and validated by the student.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £12,500 p.a.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The ideal candidate would be a motivated and knowledgeable MSc programme student with experience in CAE and who is interested to start a research project focused on automotive BIW design activities which could potentially evolve into an EngD programme.It is recommended that the student is interested to learn and enhance their knowledge in the Italian language despite Ferrari and the University of Modena having international backgrounds.Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-ferrari-robust-design.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Ferrari Body in White - Design for Additive Manufacture for BIW Components - Single Award

As part of the design process, the Ferrari Body in White (BIW) team, in collaboration with Altair Product Design UK, have developed a light weight architecture, through linear optimization (topology, topometry, etc.), suitable for front engine GT cars. The chassis is completely delivered with all necessary physical tests, close to the start of production.The combination of advanced design methodologies, such as topology optimization for structures, with the rapidly emerging additive manufacturing technology for metal parts gives rise to innovative light-weight designs previously not possible to manufacture.Starting from an established design solution, close to the start of production, the aim of this project is to investigate reducing BIW weight by replacing one or more structural BIW components with additively manufactured components, taking full advantage of modern design optimisation techniques. The student will work with Ferrari to identify key components and load cases and as part of the project the student would be expected to spend time with Ferrari. The student will also work with Altair UK, one of the industry leaders in design optimisation and light weighting.The result of these activities will be a design solution that will be applied and validated by the student.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £12,500 p.a.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The ideal candidate would be a motivated and knowledgeable MSc programme student with experience in CAE and who is interested to start a research project focused on automotive BIW design activities which could potentially evolve into an EngD programme.It is recommended that the student is interested to learn and enhance their knowledge in the Italian language despite Ferrari and the University of Modena having international backgrounds.Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-design-additive-manufacture.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Improving the Manufacturing Process of an Industrial Belt Drive System - Single Award

Nerak-Wiese Ltd is a dynamic, fast-growing and forward thinking company based in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. The NERAK brand is trusted worldwide for its innovative vertical conveying solutions. Central to Nerak’s growth plans is the development of a manufacturing capability for the rubber drive chains that lie at the heart of Nerak’s Materials Handling Solutions.Nerak-Wiese Ltd are currently working on projects with high-profile clients such as Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, John Lewis and The Royal Mint. Past projects have included the likes of Kellogg’s, Pringles, Lafarge, Next and Cadbury.Project Aims:To develop a consistent and repeatable process for the production of NERAK rubber chains that incorporate steel cables vulcanised through their core.
To investigate the potential for alternative materials to improve the NERAK rubber chain technology.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £12,500 p.a.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The suitable candidate will have the ability to think without constraint and will be open to new concepts, technology and software. An ideas’ person, they will be known for their creativity and investigative mind. The candidate will be a strong team-player looking to work collaboratively and capable of adopting a “hands-on” approach when required.Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-improving-manufacturing-process.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Carbon Footprinting the World’s Most Sustainable House - Single Award

Applications are invited for an M2A (Materials & Manufacturing Academy) funded MSc by Research in Engineering.We are developing MI-PAD®, the most thermally-efficient and sustainable house the world has ever seen, that rethinks and re-engineers every aspect of traditional home construction. It requires no footings or concrete and quite literally screws into the ground. The whole three-bedroomed house is delivered on four trucks and can be assembled on-site in just one day with 50 totally-unique features which challenge the construction status quo. It is perfect for hot or cold climates, and its innovative screw system means it also floats, which makes it ideal for flood-prone areas. It uses ten times less energy for heating and cooling than a standard house.The timing for the potential market for MI-PAD® fits with a growing and changing market for housing in the UK - there is a need for new lower cost construction methods, innovative building solutions with lower energy bills and the requirement for more housing.With new construction techniques and philosophies emerging, the aim of the project will be to compare the carbon footprint of a traditional house against that of a MI-PAD house. This study will not only review typical areas such as insulation and thermal comparisons but also the impact of the construction process. This will include assessing items such as;Site
Labour
Engineering
Transport
Demolition
Reversing the site back to green field. The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in September 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £12,500 p.a.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.This project would ideally suit an individual with a background in Life Cycle Analysis, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering or similar.Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-carbon-footprinting.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Integrating Buildings as Power Stations into the World’s Most Sustainable House - Single Award

Applications are invited for an M2A (Materials & Manufacturing Academy) funded MSc by Research in Engineering.We are developing MI-PAD®, the most thermally-efficient and sustainable house the world has ever seen, that rethinks and reengineers every aspect of traditional home construction. It requires no footings or concrete and quite literally screws into the ground. The whole three-bedroomed house is delivered on four trucks and can be assembled on-site in just one day with 50 totally-unique features which challenge the construction status quo. It is perfect for hot or cold climates. Its innovative screw system means it also floats, which makes it ideal for flood-prone areas. It uses ten times less energy for heating and cooling than a standard house.The timing for the potential market for MI-PAD® fits with a growing and changing market for housing in the UK - there is a need for new lower cost construction methods, innovative building solutions with lower energy bills and the requirement for more housing.With advances in renewable energy the concept of off grid homes is becoming a reality giving rise to ‘buildings as power stations’. This concept utilises green energy to power and heat homes. However, the challenge for this is not only about how you generate energy but also how you store and release it at times where demand exists. The aim of this project will be to investigate the potential for the integration of ‘buildings as power stations’ technologies into the MI-PAD concept and prototypes. This will include the potential for:Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
Solar-thermal heat generation and storage
Electricity storage and release
Rainwater treatment and reuse
The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in January 2017.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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees, plus a generous tax free stipend of £12,500.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The suitable candidate would have a background in systems/electrical engineering or equivalent background in integrating sustainable energy into construction. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php


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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/taught/swansea-masters-scholarships-2017.php



Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research Materials Engineering is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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