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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

BAMF 6.0 Release

Hill Engineering is announcing the release of version 6.0 of our Broad Application for Modeling Failure (BAMF) software. BAMF is used for fatigue analysis, and it is capable of predicting the growth of fatigue cracks in 3D parts. Starting from an assumed initial flaw, BAMF combines stress and crack growth analyses to predict the evolution of crack shape and size in 3D. Continue reading BAMF 6.0 Release

Winner of the #namethataircraft Challenge: Gerold Arheilger

Everybody put your hands together for 2018’s #Namethataircraft winner, Gerold Arheilger! For those of you who were unaware, we began a bi-weekly competition this past year where our twitter followers scored points for identifying photographs of aircraft on our twitter account. Continue reading Winner of the #namethataircraft Challenge: Gerold Arheilger

Hill Engineering Holidays: 2018

The holidays are always a special time at Hill Engineering. The end of the year is a busy time for everyone and the annual holiday party at Hill Engineering is always something to look forward to. In addition to residual stress measurements; putting up decorations around the office, playing festive music, and putting on our best holiday sweaters were just some of the things going on during this time of year. Continue reading Hill Engineering Holidays: 2018

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

Overview of a strain gage

We talk about strain gages a lot in our blogs, vlogs, and all over our website. That’s because strain gages are a crucial element of the work we do at Hill Engineering. Our little rectangular friends are very important sensors for residual stress measurements. That something so small can be so important is astounding, but how exactly do strain gages work? Continue reading Overview of a strain gage