Dr Oliver Hatt, after obtaining a First-Class degree in Chemistry, initially pursued a mechanical engineering career with the AMRC with Boeing before undertaking his PhD at the University of Sheffield. His research centered on titanium alloy machining, with a specific focus on the interactions at the tool-workpiece interface underpinned by alloy and tool design.
Dr Hatt employed high-resolution electron microscopy techniques such as TEM and FIB, alongside thermodynamic modelling using Thermo-Calc, DICTRA, and TC-Prisma. Currently, he is involved in the design and development of new materials for gas turbines as part of the EPSRC ‘Designing alloys for resource efficiency (DARE) – a manufacturing approach’ partnership.
This collaborative initiative includes the University of Sheffield, Imperial College London, Kings College London, and the University of Cambridge, along with ten industrial partners, including Timet, Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel, and Siemens.