AeroMat 2018: Residual stress production quality control

Hill Engineering is presenting about residual stress production quality control at the upcoming 2018 AeroMat Conference in Orlando, FL. The AeroMat Conference focuses on innovative aerospace materials, fabrication and manufacturing methods that improve performance, durability and sustainability of aerospace structures and engines with reduced life-cycle costs. Hill Engineering’s presentation will include an overview of ongoing work related to quality control processes for residual stress in manufacturing. The abstract text is presented below. Continue reading AeroMat 2018: Residual stress production quality control

Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment 2018

Hill Engineering is presenting about residual stress evaluation in legacy aircraft cold expanded fastener holes at the upcoming 2018 Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference (AA&S) in Jacksonville, FL. The mission of this conference is to identify the challenges and the collaborative work being done within the aerospace community in improving the safety, airworthiness, availability and cost effectiveness of both our military and commercial aircraft fleets. Hill Engineering’s presentation will include a summary of recent work in airframe structures, demonstrating the effect of aircraft service on the residual stress at cold expanded fastener holes. The abstract text is presented below. Continue reading Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment 2018

Visiting the Utah office

Last year, Hill Engineering opened a satellite office in Layton, UT with the goal of better connecting with our customers and partners in the local area. Mike and I recently made a trip out to the office to check in and to spend some time working with our excellent team there to better understand and appreciate their outstanding work. Continue reading Visiting the Utah office

Residual stress definition

Residual stress definition – residual stress is defined as the stress that is present in a material in the absence of externally applied loading. Residual stresses often form during manufacturing and are typically an unintentional byproduct of a manufacturing process. As engineers we care about residual stresses because they affect material performance. Continue reading Residual stress definition

Fatigue tests

Fatigue tests are an important part of our work at Hill Engineering. There are many reasons to perform fatigue tests including: 1) qualifying the performance of parts for production, 2) ranking and optimizing different production processes, 3) validating fatigue analysis results and associated models, 4) understanding the performance of parts already in service, and more. The following discussion covers some basic details of typical fatigue tests. Continue reading Fatigue tests

Residual stress in additive manufacturing

In previous blog posts we have discussed various issues related to residual stress in welding. Here, we’ll follow up with a more detailed look at residual stress in additive manufactured parts, which is a form of welding. Additive manufacturing processes, including powder and wire-fed E-beam and laser, produce residual stress as an undesired consequence. Residual stress in additive manufactured parts results from thermal cycles, temperature gradients, and localized plasticity. Continue reading Residual stress in additive manufacturing

Hill Engineering at Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference

Hill Engineering gave a presentation about fatigue analysis of pipelines at the 2018 Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management (PPIM) Conference in Houston, TX. PPIM is the industry’s only forum devoted exclusively to pigging for maintenance and inspection, as well as pipeline integrity evaluation and repair. Hill Engineering’s presentation, titled “Is the Paris Fatigue Crack Growth Relation the Only Model Appropriate for Pressure Cycle Fatigue Analysis of Pipelines,” included an overview of various fatigue analysis models for pipeline fatigue crack growth assessment. The abstract text is presented below. Continue reading Hill Engineering at Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference

Welcome Bruce Anderson

We would like to welcome Bruce Anderson to Hill Engineering. Bruce has over 26 years of experience using NX 3-D CAD software. As a Senior Engineer for Hill Engineering, Bruce’s responsibilities will include: overseeing the modification of A-10 legacy product definition to Model Based Definition (MBD) effort at Hill Air Force Base, working with A-10 engineers to develop and implement best practices and policy, providing guidance to subcontractors to ensure proper Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) models are delivered to the government, and working with prime contractors to ensure a quality deliverable to the Air Force. Bruce is also actively involved with implementation and management of Teamcenter Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system within the A-10 community and oversees the MBD (Model Based Definition) design effort on the A-10 Wing Replacement Program. Continue reading Welcome Bruce Anderson

Doug Bateman Joins the Hill Engineering Team

We would like to welcome Doug Bateman to Hill Engineering. Doug has over 20 years of experience in the Aerospace industry with organizations including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream, and ATK. As a Senior Engineer for Hill Engineering, working out of our Layton, UT office, Doug will support efforts with the A-10 3-D Model Based Definition initiative, facilitating the transformation of A-10 Mechanical Systems Product Definition (2-D drawings) to 3-D MBD. Continue reading Doug Bateman Joins the Hill Engineering Team