The Development of MgZn Metallic Coated Steels for Automotive Applications

Lead Research Organisation: Swansea University
Department Name: School of Engineering


In 2019 Llanwen ZODIAC line will conduct its first development trials to declare its capability in manufacturing a MgZn metallic coated steel, currently branded as MagiZinc. The aim is to develop a product to support automotive manufacturing through enhanced product performance at lower gauge (lightweighting) and improvement environmental credentials.

This research intends to investigate the relationships between influencing parameters i.e. hot mill practices and strip surface roughness, on the performance properties of the final product. The project aims to bring new understanding and through the acquisition of knowledge to support development of an exciting new product for both the TATA portfolio and the Automotive Sector.

The Research Engineer will:
- Use a range of experimental techniques to characterise properties and performance of the current MagiZinc grades.
- Assess the difference in product performance between MgZn coated steel and conventional Hot Dip Galvanized Steel I.e. susceptibility for Liquid Metal Embrittlement.
- Undertake some initial experiments with Hot Dip Simulator equipment to be familiar with the software and to develop coding skills.
- Conduct a full experimental programme of laboratory scale simulations to identify impact of processing conditions.
- Undertake scale up trials according to results of laboratory simulations, including characterisation of resultant material.


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EP/S02252X/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2028
2268585 Studentship EP/S02252X/1 01/10/2019 31/12/2023 Daniel Britton