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Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 5–7 | Cite as

Visualizing Residual Stresses in Plastic and Glass

  • Joseph Maciejewski
Tools and Techniques
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Abstract

Polariscopes can be used to visualize the residual stress patterns in transparent or translucent materials. Residual stresses contribute to the fracture stress of failed components. This article describes the construction and usage of a lab polariscope made for less than US$150.

Keywords

Polariscope Residual stress Stress pattern Plastic fracture Glass fracture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Technical Services, Inc. - Materials TestingMariettaUSA

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