Propulsion Safety & Sustainment Conference 2019

Hill Engineering is presenting at the upcoming Propulsion Safety & Sustainment Conference (PS&S) in Washington, D.C. from April 23rd through April 25th. We invite you to come see us. The mission of this conference is to proactively address or prevent problems with safety, readiness, reliability, and sustainment within the tri-service turbine engine fleet. This is to be accomplished through the transition of existing and emerging technologies. Hill Engineering’s presentation will include a summary of recent work related to residual stress measurement in support of production quality control. The abstract text is presented below. <!–more–>  

Aircraft engine and structural components are being produced from forgings with increasingly complex geometries in a wide range of aerospace alloys. The forging process involves a number of steps required to attain favorable material properties (e.g., heat treatment, rapid quench, cold work stress relieving, and artificial aging). These processing steps, however, also result in the introduction of residual stress. Excessive bulk residual stresses can have negative consequences including: part distortion during machining and/or during service, reduced crack initiation life, increased crack growth rates, and an overall reduction in part life. This presentation will describe an approach for quality management of residual stresses in aerospace forgings. The quality management system relies upon computational process modeling, residual stress measurement, and the integration of these concepts within the framework of a standard production quality system.  

If you are planning to attend the conference, please stop by to discuss Hill Engineering’s capabilities in fatigue analysis and design and residual stress measurement. Please contact us for more information.  



Illustration of residual stress in an aluminum forging before and after cold work residual stress relief

Welcome Jason Barker

We would like to welcome Jason Barker to Hill Engineering. Jason has 15 years of experience as a design engineer. As a Senior Engineer for Hill Engineering, Jason’s responsibilities will include: supporting 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. Jason is also actively involved with implementation and management of Teamcenter Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system within the A-10 community and supports the MBD (Model Based Definition) design effort on the A-10 Wing Replacement Program. Continue reading Welcome Jason Barker

Welcome George Kaschner

We would like to welcome George Kaschner to Hill Engineering. George comes to Hill Engineering with more than 30 years of experience, most recently from Los Alamos National Laboratory. George has degrees in Applied Physics and Materials Science & Engineering, and received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in 1997. Since then, he has accumulated significant experience in materials science, materials testing, and data analysis. Continue reading Welcome George Kaschner

ASIP conference 2018

Hill Engineering is presenting at the upcoming 2018 United States Air Force Structural Integrity Program Conference (ASIP) in Phoenix, AZ. Our talk will focus on residual stress evaluation in legacy aircraft cold expanded fastener holes. The 2018 ASIP Conference is specifically designed to bring together the world leaders in the area of aircraft structural integrity, to disseminate information on state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft structures in both the military and civilian 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 ASIP conference 2018

Residual stress measurement techniques

Residual stresses exist in most materials and structures. Processes like forging, rolling, extruding, quenching, additive manufacturing, machining, and welding can cause residual stresses to develop. These stresses can influence the way that materials perform (e.g., fatigue, fracture, distortion, and corrosion). There are many different residual stress measurement techniques available to quantify residual stresses. The following are some examples of common measurement techniques. Continue reading Residual stress measurement techniques

Engineered Residual Stress Implementation workshop 2018

Hill Engineering is proud to support the USAF and their objective to advance damage tolerance analysis methods through the Engineered Residual Stress Implementation (ERSI) workshop. At this year’s ERSI meeting, Hill Engineering will meet with other stakeholders in the USAF aircraft community to review progress over the past year towards implementation of engineered residual stress in the USAF fleet. Continue reading Engineered Residual Stress Implementation workshop 2018

BAMF User Workshop 2018

This year’s AFGROW User Workshop will be hosted at the Weber State University Center in Clearfield, UT on September 11-12, 2018. The first annual BAMF workshop will take place at the end of the workshop in the afternoon on September 12th. The BAMF workshop will include presentations on the current work being accomplished by BAMF, recent updates, and a discussion about future plans. If you would like to participate in either the AFGROW or BAMF workshop please register for the meeting at the link above. Continue reading BAMF User Workshop 2018

The first contour method measurement specimen

Hill Engineering’s new facility in Rancho Cordova, CA features a combination of laboratory, research and development, and office space. Our primary conference room is named in honor of Mike Prime, the inventor of the contour method. The Prime Room stands as a tribute to the creativity, insights, and support that Mike Prime has provided to Hill Engineering over the years. One of our favorite pieces on display in the Prime Room is one half of the specimen that was used for the first successful contour method measurement. Continue reading The first contour method measurement specimen