Hole drilling residual stress measurement method

This week, we have uploaded a new vlog to Hill Engineering’s YouTube channel revolving around a particularly handy residual stress measurement technique. The hole drilling measurement method is one of our most popular residual stress measurement options, and involves the incremental drilling of a small hole into the surface of a specimen. Watch the video below and read on to learn more about the hole drilling method. Continue reading Hole drilling residual stress measurement method

Case Study: Contour Method Repeatability

Recently, Hill Engineering posted a new case study detailing our research into contour method repeatability. In the case study, we performed contour method measurements on multiple similar specimens belonging to six different specimen types: aluminum T-section, stainless steel plate with dissimilar metal slot-filled weld, stainless steel forging, titanium plate with electron beam slot-filled weld, nickel disk forging, and aluminum plate. Continue reading Case Study: Contour Method Repeatability

Hill Engineering Vlog: Strain Gaging

Strain gages are key tools when performing residual stress measurements. By tracking the electrical resistance change of the strain gage foil, we can evaluate strain through material deformation. In our vlog presented below, we demonstrate how to apply a strain gage on an aluminum tensile specimen. While the setup described in the video is simple, we are capable of applying strain gages to much more complex geometries to fit the needs of our residual stress tests. For more information or any questions about your residual stress needs, please contact us.

Land of Wolves

This past holiday season, every employee of Hill Engineering was generously gifted a copy of “Land of Wolves: The Return of Lincoln’s Bodyguard.” This book was written by Hill Engineering friend and collaborator, TJ Turner. The historical fiction thriller—set in an alternative historical timeline in which Abraham Lincoln was saved from assassination—is the page-turning sequel to “Lincoln’s Bodyguard,” which was also gifted to the Hill Engineering employees back in 2015. Continue reading Land of Wolves

A visit from Dale Ball

Hill Engineering recently played host to Dale Ball, a longtime friend and collaborator. Dale is a Senior Fellow working for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and has been involved in a number of high-profile US Air Force projects, including the F-16, F-22, and F-35 aircraft. After delivering a riveting seminar about the progression of aircraft design since the inception of the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP), we had the chance to inquire about Dale’s career – what drives him and what he foresees for the future of aircraft design. Continue reading A visit from Dale Ball

A Feast of Fall Festivities

The Hill Engineering employees took a quick break from all the residual stress analysis to partake in a few fall-themed festivities this season. We recognize that enjoying quality time together is an important way to strengthen our resolve as a team. What better way to do that than through everybody’s favorite activities: pumpkin carving and food! Continue reading A Feast of Fall Festivities