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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“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 EngineerSouthwest Research Institute