Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 173–179 | Cite as

Residual stress by blind-hole method with off-center hole

Extension of blind-hold method to interpretation of measured strain relief when rosette and hole centers are not coincident
  • J. P. Sandifer
  • G. E. Bowie


Application of the blind-hole drilling technique to measurement of residual stresses in areas too restricted for drilling guides is now possible by using a set of equations derived to account for off-center drilled holes. Prior technique required the hole to be drilled concentric with the gage center within ±0.001 in (0.0254 mm), thus requiring the use of a precision locating and drilling guide. The equations apply to commercially available 0-, 90- and 225-deg strain-gage rosettes, but can be easily modified or scaled for different arrays. Details of a hand-drilling procedure are presented, along with examples. Potential errors and data interpretation are discussed.


Mechanical Engineer Residual Stress Drilling Fluid Dynamics Data Interpretation 
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© Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Sandifer
    • 1
  • G. E. Bowie
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Rye Canyon Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics LaboratoryLockheed-California CompanyBurbank
  2. 2.University of MissouriColumbia

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