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Science and Technology of Steels Processing

Steel is used in virtually all sectors, particularly automotive, road and rail construction, mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, household appliances and consumer electronics. More than 1.4 billion tonnes of steel are manufactured every year. The steel industry has evolved to become one of the leanest and most efficient of any manufacturing industry and it is the most recycled material on the planet - in fact, the amount of recycled steel totals more than all other materials combined. Nevertheless, there are challenges which need to be overcome and opportunities for further improvement. For example, there are still significant differences between the actual and theoretical minimum energy consumption and CO2 output.

WMG and Tata Steel have formed a key partnership for research and development in steel processing particularly through the development of the Advanced Steel Research Centre. The research focuses on the physico-chemical aspects relating to iron and steel manufacturing and usage including ore reduction, alloy chemistry and cleanliness control, segregation and scaling. Particular areas of expertise include:

  • Micro-structure properties: understanding, predicting and monitoring the development of microstructure during steel processing.
  • Steel coatings: manufacturing and applications such as advanced functional coatings and industrial coatings.

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Current Projects

The team is currently engaged in a number of collaborative research projects including:

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More about Steels Processing PhD projects>>

Doctoral Research Vacancies

The group is seeking PhD and EngD researchers within the area of Steels Processing. Please see the Research Degrees page for further details.

Available Research Degrees>>


WMG's Steels Processing group has access to a wide variety of facilities and equipment, both in-house and through collaboration with colleagues in other departments, such as Physics.

  • High Temperature Confocal Scanning Laser Microscope - to image metallurgical reactions and transformations at temperatures up to 1600oC. More >>
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy - (with Electron Back Scattered Diffraction and Focused Ion Beam) for the analysis of microstructure of materials and their chemical composition. More >>
  • Micro X-Ray Computed Tomography - for scanning and reconstruction of samples using 3D models for non-destructive evaluation and testing. More >>

Link to full details of equipment >>

News and Events

Steels highlighted in recent article by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya highlighting trends in automotive materials

See WMG News and WMG in the Media for additional press coverage.


Steels Processing

Contact Information:

Dr Michael Auinger
Dr Prakash Srirangam




Alisa Davletsina
A dot Davletsina dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk


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