Material monitoring for process control in the roll forming process

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Bursary £15000 paTuition fees  (UK/EU)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 31 March 2019 (UK/EU students)

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates 

Start date: May 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Vit Janik to discuss this opportunity.


This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

The successful applicant will spend the 1st year at Deakin University and the following year at Coventry University and then the final 1.5 years at Deakin University.

The  supervision team will be drawn from the two Universities.

The Project

Roll forming, where a flat sheet is incrementally bent into shape in successive roll stands is increasingly used for the forming of high strength steels for high end products in transportation industry. With increasing material strength, the effect of material property variations on the final component shape becomes more significant. To achieve high component quality and process robustness new methods for in-line material property monitoring and part shape control need to be established. 

Deakin University has developed a simple bending test that can be used on the shop floor for the monitoring of material properties from coil to coil. Combined with numerical analysis and a simple inverse routine the bend test allows identifying residual stress profiles in the incoming strip; this information can be used in FEA to achieve an improved representation of material behaviour in the process. Deakin also developed a new approach for in-line shape control. Here roll load and torque measurements in combination with FEA analysis are used to identify property variations in the incoming material. It is likely changes in material strength and residual stress influence the final shape and therefore need to be considered for final part shape adjustment.    


£15,000 bursary plus tuition fees - UK/EU

(Approximate bursary equivalent Australia dollars $27596)


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree (second class honours upper division) in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average, and/or
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
    • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at 70%. In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at 70%.
  • Strong industrial experience is desirable.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study


  • Experience with FEA software such as ABAQUS or LS-DYNA is a plus.

Essential to be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia)

Eligibility and How to Apply


All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.

To find out more about the project please contact

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

Please note that applications must be made to both Universities.