A Windows-based software package to evaluate residual stresses by the incremental hole-drilling technique



A new software package for the incremental hole-drilling technique (IHD) is presented in connection with undergraduate mechanical engineering education. The main available technical residual stresses evaluation procedures for applying IHD in isotropic materials are reviewed and have been included in the package. It has an easy-to-use, friendly interface, and can be used as a tool to teach the IHD technique or as a laboratory to study its applicability to real world problems. A set of exercises have been prepared, which are freely distributed to our students, in order to show the full potential of the package, but the students can also do simulations and experiments with their own data. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Comput Appl Eng Educ 17: 351–362, 2009; Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com); DOI 10.1002/cae.20225