Are machining-induced residual stresses causing unacceptable distortion? Need to simulate the influence of cold working sequence for a given hole pattern? Residual stresses (RS) can have a significant impact on the strength, durability and damage tolerance of metallic and composite parts. In the past, reliably simulating RS effects was challenging due to extreme stress gradients, especially in lightweight components.
Residual Stress Applications
With the technology in StressCheck, representing rapidly changing stresses over short distances is a breeze.
RS effects can be beneficial, such as life extension by cold working one or more fastener holes, or detrimental, such as distortion leading to expensive re-working or rejection of large, lightweight manufactured parts. Are you in good shape?
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“The p-type element has been used to great advantage in the finite element system ESRD StressCheck, . This software provides the engineer with the means to conduct solution verification in an extremely straightforward manner by simply increasing the degree of the element, monitoring convergence and using Richardson extrapolation reliably to estimate the error. This can be conducted automatically by the software thereby enabling the engineer to concentrate on the engineering rather than the simulation. StressCheck has also been used to develop ESRD’s Handbook and Toolbox applications. The first of these provides engineers with a repository of parameterised standard problems of the type found in texts like Roark’s “Formulas for Stress and Strain”, . The second, Toolbox, is a tool that can be used to parameterise a company’s range of components for rapid and reliable analysis by non-expert analysis. Toolbox then is an exemplary of the way in which the democratisation of simulation can be applied.”
Angus Ramsay, PhDEngineering Director, Ramsay Maunder Associates