The United States Air Force is more accurate with StressCheck
“As the United States Air Force continues to extend the service life of their aircraft the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) has had to refine the methods it uses to analyze and predict fatigue crack growth. Through the use StressCheck, coupled with AFGROW, we in A-10 ASIP have been able to more accurately model, predict and analyze critical aircraft structure for the A-10 and other types of structure for non-A-10 system managers. This also allows us within the A-10 to more accurately assess risk for decision makers, streamline aircraft inductions into scheduled maintenance and reduce cost for total life cycle management.”
A-10 ASIP Manager
Southwest Research Institute depends on StressCheck for A-10 ASIP Analysis
"Through the use of StressCheck the A-10 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program's (ASIP) Analysis Group is able to model more accurately the physics of fatigue crack propagation in critical aircraft structure. Through this tool we are able to model, analyze and predict failure of aircraft structure and then develop crucial inspection and maintenance planes to ensure the safety and sustainability of our nations warplanes. Without the analysis capability provided to us through StressCheck we would not be able to provide accurate assessments of the A-10 structure to top USAF leadership."
SWRI Research Engineer, 2012
NAVAIR Structures relies on StressCheck for quality stress analysis calculations
"StressCheck is the work horse for NAVAIR Structures' detailed stress and stress concentration calculations. This software also is the basis for our development of a Structural Analysis Management System."
"NAVAIR Applications of StressCheck:
- Failure analysis of single and double lap joints in composite laminates.
- Bearing failure analysis of pins in composite laminates. More...
NAVAIR FRC-East favors StressCheck for multi-body contact analysis
"Of the three FEA products we use, StressCheck gives me the most confidence when it comes to performing post-processing quality checks on multi-body contact analysis results. StressCheck has the capability to extract any data of interest and convergence information for that data at any location in the model domain; the other two FEA products do not. And when it comes to interference fit multi-body contact solutions, I haven't found any software to outperform StressCheck."
In Service Support Center Engineer, MCAS Cherry Point, NC (2011)
Hill Air Force Base (USAF) includes StressCheck as part of everyday computations
"As frequent StressCheck users we rely on the capabilities and reliability of the program to complete our everyday jobs ensuring safe reliable flights of our aircraft. The layout of the program and documentation allow for a quick learning process and the support ESRD offers is second to none. They take the time to answer the most basic questions as well as working through complex problems to ensure the proper validation of results. The effort they make in satisfying their users needs increase More...
USAF Engineer, Hill AFB (2011)
DSTO Australia extensively uses StressCheck for computational fracture mechanics
"We have foundStressCheck very useful for computational fracture mechanics for both metallic and composite components. In recent years it has been extensively used in determining beta factors forRAAF's C-130Wing DTA locations and associated generic research."
Dr. Manfred Heller, Head - Structural Mechanics, DSTO (2009)
"Experimental validation of stress intensity factor solutions for the pin loaded lug"
"In the case of the through crack configuration, the comparison of experimental and StressCheck derived geometry factors showed a close correlation and were an improvement to solutions provided in AFGROW at the time. Based on the results of this research, StressCheck pin-loaded lug geometry factors have since been incorporated into the AFGROW software."
Dr. Alten Grandt, Purdue University
StressCheck supports AP/ES, Inc. "Expert Quality Stress Analysis" computations
"Accurate and reliable stresses and Stress Intensity Factors are required for determination of static and residual strength and for crack growth analyses in analysis tools such as AFGROW. For some geometries, industry solutions are either insufficient or nonexistent. The geometry, applied forces, and crack shapes and dimensions must be modeled reasonably well to obtain useful engineering data. The p-version finite element software StressCheck (ESRD, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, USA) is used to demonstrate how accurate finite element solutions can lead to good quality engineering analysis."
Analytical Processes/Engineering Solutions, Inc. (AP/ES)
"Modelling And Analysis Of Crack Turning On Aeronautical Structures"
"A screening of existent commercial and non commercial tools was carried out in respect to their fracture mechanics capabilities, their design abilities, implementation as well as their complexity. Although, there are many software possibilities, only those within the reach of the author were evaluated. This resulted in the selection of the commercial tool StressCheck. The assessment of crack propagation on compact tension and two stringer specimens governed by the Paris and Forman regimes was satisfactory compared with experimental results using the material data from simple standard specimens."
Lloren Llopart Prieto (EADS) - Doctoral Thesis (September 2007)
"Market Trends: Composites Affordability Initiative, Part II"
"Small errors in modeling can lead to substantial errors in joint performance prediction. To alleviate this problem, the CAI used the handbook functionality of ESRD Inc.s (St. Louis, Mo.) trademarked StressCheck P-version finite element software to develop reusable models of typical joints."
Dr. John Russell - Composites World (May 2007)
"Success Story - F-35 Program Adds StressCheck to Analysis Software Suite"
The "StressCheck analysis tool shows significant improvement in bonded and co-cured joint strength prediction capabilities compared to finite element analysis tools currently on the market. Preliminary applications on the F-35 inlet duct assembly joints and independent validation increased program confidence to use this tool on additional structures. As a result of the success with this initial application, the value of the StressCheck analysis tool was recognized for stress analysis of complex composite structural details, and the use of this software on the F-35 program has expanded."
Air Force Research Lab (August 2004)
"This new software tool will play an important role in making composites more affordable"
The software provides a highly reliable and user-friendly production stress analysis tool that will replace the Finite Element Method (FEM) tools and failure criteria the experts currently employ for analyzing bonded joints. The software includes an FEM-based handbook format, which allows non-experts to utilize models prepared by specialists. The handbook problems include built-in failure criteria, geometric and material nonlinearities, and the modern FEM technology provides better error control and the treatment of very large aspect ratios."
Dr. Stephen P. Engelstad (July 2003)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Structural Methods and Analysis
"Aerospace materials scientists and structural engineers now have a new state-of-the-art software product called StressCheck,
which provides efficient and reliable analysis tools for composite bonded aircraft structures. A composites research team from the aeronautics industry, known as the Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI), has just completed an extensive study of current capabilities in the area of failure analysis tools for composite bonded joints. This study led the CAI team to unanimously choose StressCheck as the software tool to replace as well as radically improve existing industry standard software currently used to size bonded joints." More...
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Web Page (May 1999)