Master thesis: Understanding tool degradation in titanium machining

Sandvik Coromant, Sweden, offers a thesis project in the area of the machining of titanium, to be carried out at Lund University of Technology and at Sandvik Coromant in Västberga, Stockholm.

Background and work description

Sandvik Coromant, a division within the Sandvik Group, is a world-leading manufacturer of cutting tools in cemented carbide for turning, milling, and drilling. During cutting applications, the tool material is degraded. In this work we focus on degradation in titanium machining.

Usage of state-of-the-art equipment for material characterization has the potential to increase the understanding of the degradation mechanisms. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), maybe with assistance of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) will be used to understand the degradation mechanisms. The results will be compared to current state of the art in the field.

The project will start with a literature review. The student will produce specimens for the advanced material characterization techniques.

Student background

We are primarily looking for someone studying physics, chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering or similar. You must have a genuine interest in experimental work and have good writing skills. We put value in experience in independent experimental work.

As the work primarily will be carried out at Lund University of Technology, the applicant is assumed to have an accommodation in the Lund area arranged. Time will also be spent, primarily in the beginning of the project, at Sandvik Coromant in Västberga, Stockholm.


The thesis project lasts 20 weeks, starting January 30, 2023.

Application and contact

For more information about the thesis, please contact:

Volodymyr Bushlya, phone: +46 70 361 18 04

Susanne Norgren, phone: +46 70 526 63 23

Rebecka Lindvall, phone: +46 70 224 05 47

Send your application to Susanne Norgren as soon as possible, and no later than December 31, as selections are made on an ongoing basis.

Read more about Sandvik Coromant at the website