Robinson, A.F., Dulieu-Barton, J.M., Quinn, S. and Burguete, R.L.,
A review of residual stress analysis using thermoelastic techniques
Dulieu-Barton, J.M. (ed.)
In 7th International Conference on Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis.
Insitute of Physics Publishing. 8 pp, .
Thermoelastic Stress Analysis (TSA) is a full-field technique for experimental stress analysis
that is based on infra-red thermography. The technique has proved to be extremely effective for
studying elastic stress fields and is now well established. It is based on the measurement of the
temperature change that occurs as a result of a stress change. As residual stress is essentially a
mean stress it is accepted that the linear form of the TSA relationship cannot be used to
evaluate residual stresses. However, there are situations where this linear relationship is not
valid or departures in material properties due to manufacturing procedures have enabled
evaluations of residual stresses. The purpose of this paper is to review the current status of
using a TSA based approach for the evaluation of residual stresses and to provide some
examples of where promising results have been obtained.
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