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Cross-sectional mapping of residual stresses in a VPPA weld using the contour method

Zhang, Y.; Ganguly, S.; Edwards, L. and Fitzpatrick, M.E. (2004). Cross-sectional mapping of residual stresses in a VPPA weld using the contour method. Acta Materialia, 52(17) pp. 5225–5232.

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We present measurements of the cross-sectional residual stress profile in a 2024 aluminium alloy VPPA weld using a newly invented technique - the contour method. The method is destructive, but simple in principle and easy in use. It needs only one straight cut through a sample on the plane of interest, followed by measurement of the surface contour produced by relaxation of the pre-existing stress field. Finite-element modelling is then used to back-calculate the original stress field. In this case we validate measurements made with the contour method, by using non-destructive diffraction data obtained from the same weld before cutting. This allows a comparison to be made and excellent agreement between the results from the two methods is seen. The study indicates that the contour method is a powerful novel technique to obtain an accurate full two-dimensional map of residual stress fields.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2004 Acta Materialia Inc.
ISSN: 1359-6454
Extra Information: residual stresses; contour method; neutron diffraction; synchrotron radiation; VPPA welding
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Item ID: 4740
Depositing User: Michael E. Fitzpatrick
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 16:06
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