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Conversion coating and E-coating interaction for martensitic stainless steel dedicated to automotive structure

ABG-74247 Sujet de Thèse
06/12/2017 > 25 et < 35 K€ brut annuel
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Aperam Stainless Europe
BRUXELLES - Belgique
Conversion coating and E-coating interaction for martensitic stainless steel dedicated to automotive structure
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The project
Aperam has developed MaX grades, a new family of martensitic stainless steels for automotive structures. This grade is design for hot stamping applications, leading to oxidized surface.

The material has to follow the complete ED coating process (surface treatment(s)and ED-coating).

The aim of the project is to study the influence of each step of this process, to understand the mechanisms involved during the surface treatments and to investigate the possible optimizations.

The partners
Aperam is a global player in stainless steel in Europe and Brazil with almost 10000 coworkers.

Aperam has also a strong research network with 3 research centers and more than 150 employees.

Aperam R&D is also collaborating with worldwide leading academic groups such as SURF from VUB.

This partnership between industry and academic brings large perspectives to improve knowledge and to develop material direct applications.

Nature du financement

Financement public/privé

Précisions sur le financement

Présentation établissement et labo d'accueil

Aperam Stainless Europe

Aperam is a global producer of stainless, electrical and specialty steel. With 9,500 employees of 47 nationalities, 2.5 million tonnes of flat stainless steel capacity in Brazil and Europe, and an industrial network concentrated in six production facilities across Brazil, Belgium and France, Aperam is a truly global industry leader.

Via our highly integrated distribution, processing and services network, we serve customers in over 40 countries. According to our values of agility and ingenuity, we collaborate with customers to design tailor-made, innovative and long-lasting solutions to their most challenging needs.

At Aperam, we operate in a responsible way with respect to health, safety and the well-being of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.

We are committed to the sustainable management of the environment and of finite resources. Throughout our Brazilian subsidiary, Aperam BioEnergia, we produce wood and charcoal (biomass) from cultivated eucalyptus trees. By using charcoal as a substitute for coke, we produce fewer carbon emissions at our production plant in Timóteo, Brazil.

La recherche au sein d’APERAM

APERAM est un acteur mondial de la production d’aciers inoxydables avec 2,5 Mt de capacité en Europe et au Brésil, mais également dans le domaine des aciers électriques et des alliages de nickel.

APERAM appuie sa stratégie de développement sur l’innovation grâce à trois centres de recherches situés à Isbergues (France), Imphy (France) et Timoteo (Brésil).

Dédié aux aciers inoxydables, le centre de recherche d’Isbergues (environ 70 permanents) développe de nouvelles nuances d’aciers à propriétés améliorées, accompagne nos clients dans l’émergence de nouvelles applications et supporte les usines du groupe dans l’amélioration des performances opérationnelles.

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Profil du candidat

Applicant background
Applicants must hold a master in materials or chemistry (or equivalent), with knowledge on metals, polymers, electrochemistry or corrosion.

The applicant must be self-driven and highly motivated with excellent English level.

He/she must exhibit human skills to work within a motivated team of technicians and researchers.

The PhD study will benefit of:

- a challenging, dynamic and stimulating work in an internationally renowned research group in partnership with a leading producer of stainless steel;  a multicultural and international work environment ;

- an international network dealing with state-of-the-art research;

- working in Brussels, the Capital of Europe, one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world.

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