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In the Field with Ryan: On-site Residual Stress Measurements

While we at Hill Engineering take pride in our ability to perform high quality residual stress measurements in our laboratory, we recognize that not all parts and projects can be easily transported.

That’s where we bring the measurements to you with our Residual Stress Field Team. Our laboratory engineers are capable of performing residual stress measurements across the globe, and have done so on many occasions.

Residual stress measurements can be performed on-site for parts that are too big to ship to our laboratory

Ryan Tucci is a member of the Residual Stress Field Team. He’s been to many different job sites across six different states—including the east coast, the west coast, and the South. While always a hard worker, Ryan notes that his travels “have let me complete measurements on interesting projects, as well as explore a variety of interesting cities.”

So, what would necessitate an on-site measurement?

Typically, these are residual stress measurements on parts that are too big and bulky to ship to our lab in California. In these cases, it’s easier for Hill Engineering to send personnel to the customer’s jobsite.

Another reason for on-site measurements is the ability to perform tests shortly before and after the parts have undergone a manufacturing process.

“If a customer wishes to know the residual stress in a part before and after heat treatment,” Ryan explains, “then it makes sense to perform the residual stress measurements at the heat treatment site. We can complete all measurements in one location without extending the project schedule by having to ship the part back and forth.”

Portable measurements are available for our hole drilling and TrueSlot™ measurement techniques, but these aren’t the only on-site services Hill Engineering performs. Ryan has also brought Hill Engineering’s expertise in strain gage application to several customers in the field.

“We’re currently developing our onsite capabilities with the Deep Hole Drilling measurement method,” he adds.

Looks like there’s no need to stress about the future of on-site measurements!

If you have any questions about our on-site measurements or any of the services we offer, feel free to contact us.