Destructive Methods for Measuring Residual Stresses: Techniques and Opportunities

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Destructive methods are commonly used to evaluate residual stresses in a wide range of engineering components. While seemingly less attractive than non-destructive methods because of the specimen damage they cause, the non-destructive methods are very frequently the preferred choice because of their versatility and reliability. Many different methods and variations of methods have been developed to suit various specimen geometries and measurement objectives. Previously, only specimens with simple geometries could be handled, now the availability of sophisticated computational tools and of high-precision machining and measurement processes have greatly expanded the scope of the destructive methods for residual stress evaluation. This paper reviews several prominent destructive measurement methods, describes recent advances, and indicates some promising directions for future developments.


Residual Stress Digital Image Correlation Experimental Mechanics Residual Stress Measurement Destructive Method 
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  1. 1.Dept. Mechanical EngineeringUniv. British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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