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

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

Mike Prime: a history of the contour method

Hill Engineering has proudly named the primary conference room in our new facility the Prime Room, a tribute to special Hill Engineering collaborator and inventor of the contour method, Mike Prime. We were recently honored to have Mike stop by for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Prime Room. In addition to the ceremony, Mike also gave a presentation about the history of the contour method and how it almost didn’t happen. Click on the video below to view Mike’s presentation and see how the contour method grew from one man’s curiosity to what it is today. Continue reading Mike Prime: a history of the contour method

Prime Room Ribbon Cutting

Hill Engineering’s new facility in Rancho Cordova, CA features a combination of laboratory, research and development, and office space. We have proudly named the primary conference room in our facility the Prime Room, a fitting tribute to a special Hill Engineering collaborator, the inventor of the contour method, and inspirational figure, Mike Prime. We were recently honored to have Mike Prime stop by for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Prime Room. Continue reading Prime Room Ribbon Cutting

Happy birthday to the contour method

Today marks a major milestone in the field of residual stress measurement. The contour method, one of the most useful and advanced residual stress measurement techniques, was first successfully implemented on this date (August 16th) in 1999 by Mike Prime at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The most significant feature of the contour method is its ability to generate detailed two-dimensional residual stress maps like the one shown below. Please join us in wishing the contour method a very happy 18th birthday! Continue reading Happy birthday to the contour method

Residual stress calculation

In a recent blog post we discussed the question: what is residual stress. As a follow-up, today we are addressing the topic of residual stress calculation. Once you understand the concept of residual stress and are ready to account for its effect on material performance it’s important to quantify the residual stress that is present in your material. Residual stress calculation can include a variety of different topics. Continue reading Residual stress calculation

SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics

Hill Engineering will be presenting at the upcoming Annual 2017 Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, which is organized by the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM). The conference will run from June 12, 2017 through June 15, 2017 and will be located in Indianapolis, IN. We invite you to come see us while we share some recent work about residual stress measurement repeatability using the contour method. The abstract text is presented below. Continue reading SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics

What is Residual Stress?

What is residual stress? That’s a very common question when you work at Hill Engineering. Many of our customers, friends, colleagues, and family members like to ask us questions about residual stress including: What is residual stress? How do you measure it? How does residual stress affect material performance? If you have questions about these topics, you’ve come to the right place. At Hill Engineering we love to talk about our work and we have a lot to share about residual stress. Continue reading What is Residual Stress?

Come see us at PS&S 2017

Hill Engineering will be presenting at the upcoming Propulsion Safety & Sustainment Conference (PS&S) in Phoenix, AZ on May 22nd through May 25th. We invite you to come see us. We will be sharing some recent work about experimental validation of process models for nickel engine disk design. Hill Engineering’s presentation will include a summary of residual stress measurements used to calibrate and validate process models for nickel engine disk applications. The abstract text is presented below. Continue reading Come see us at PS&S 2017

Come see us at AeroMat 2017

Hill Engineering is presenting about advanced manufacturing methods and their effects on residual stress at the upcoming 2017 AeroMat Conference in Charleston, SC. The event is organized by ASM International and is hosted by Arconic. Hill Engineering’s presentation will include a summary of recent programs where we evaluated the residual stress from a variety of advanced manufacturing methods. The abstract text is presented below. Continue reading Come see us at AeroMat 2017