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Good Practice Guide & the Residual Stress Working Group

Tony Fry National Physical Laboratory

BSSM Workshop : The Measurement of Residual Stress using Diffraction Methods, 14th February 2007

The Good Practice Guide Where did it all start?

1999 Characterisation and Performance of Materials programme included a project on The Measurement of Residual Stresses in Components 5 main tasks
Review current methods Assess current methods via a round robin exercise Examine the accuracy of current methods Case studies Standardisation and Good Practice

The Good Practice Guide Was not written in isolation.

Industrial Advisory Group (1999)

AEA Technology Airbus UK Alcan Alcoa Europe British Energy Corus Dana Glacier Vandervell Bearings DERA HEXMAT Materials Consultancy Imperial College Metal Improvement Co MMSC Powdrex Powdrex Praxair Quotec Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Marine Rutherford Appleton The Open University Salford University Stresscraft Stresstech Thin Film Solutions TWI UCL University of Bristol University of Newcastle

Good Practice Within the UK.

Review identified 2 techniques, hole drilling and X-ray diffraction. Round robin conducted using each technique. Material Shot peened spring steel. 7 different machine types. 3 different detector types.
Intensity, Counts
4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 148.00

The majority of participants used CrKa, although some did use CuKa.
5 different peak fitting techniques.



154.00 2





Good Practice Within the UK.

-250 -250 Position Position D D -300 -300

-350 -350

Position Position E E Position F Position F


Normal Stress, MPa

-400 -400 -450 -450 -500 -550

-500 -550

Normal Stress, MPa



-650 A

F Laboratory Laboratory

Good Practice Within the UK.

We all agreed, why write a Good Practice Guide?

The round robin showed that on the whole the measurements were in agreement and that everyone was doing the right things. A study into the accuracy of X-ray diffraction did however highlight areas where care was needed. The study looked at:
Repeatability of the measurement technique
Sensitivity to changes in the test set-up
Sample height ( 1.0 mm) Step size (0.010 0.10) Count time (0.2s 3s) 2 range (10 4) Number of psi tilts (21 5) Peak fitting method (4 supported methods; sliding gravity, centre of gravity, parabolic and pseudo-voigt fit)

Best Practice With Experimental Setup.



Normal Stress, MPa

-550 Repeatability Repeatability 2 -560 Height Step Size Psi Tilts Count Time -570


-590 Test Series

Best Practice With Data Analysis.

As a result the Good Practice Guide was written to provide a simple text which could be used by a beginner, providing guidance on the best way to perform the measurement.

-300 -320 -340

Normal Stress, MPa

-360 -380 -400 -420 -440 -460 -480

Slid. Grav. 20% Slid. Grav. 40% Slid. Grav. 50% Slid. Grav. 10% Slid. Grav. 30% Slid. Grav. 70% Slid. Grav. 80% Slid. Grav. 60% Parabolic 80% Pseudovoigt fit Average Gravity Gravity 30%


The Good Practice Guide Written by users, for users.

NPL Good Practice Guide No. 52 Determination of Residual Stresses by X-ray Diffraction. Authored by experts from the Open University, MMSC, QinetiQ, Stresstech and NPL, with steer from the XRD focus group established as part of this project. Scope - The recommendations are meant for stress analysis where only the peak shift is determined. If a full triaxial analysis of stress is performed, using a stress-free reference, then the absolute peak location has to be determined. However, such an analysis is beyond the scope of this Guide, which assumes that measurements are made with the assumption that the stress normal to the surface is zero i.e. plane stress conditions, and so a full triaxial analysis is not required.

The Good Practice Guide Contents.

Principles Apparatus Lab based & Portable Radiation Selection Fluorescence, Choice of plane Specimen Issues Grain size, roughness, coatings Measurement Procedure Measurement directions & parameters, non-standard samples, data analysis Reporting of Results Measurement Uncertainty Sources, evaluation Options for Data Analysis

Second Issue.

The original guide was revised in 2006 as part of a second project on residual stress measurements. This revised issue contains more information and extra sections on using XRD for depth profiling and more examples of uncertainty evaluation.

Uncertainty Evaluation of Depth Profiles.

Position Surface Nominally 50 m Nominally 100 m Nominally 150 m

Depth, m 0 48.4 97.4 153.6

Uncertainty in depth, m 11.6 11.6 12.3 13.5

Residual Stress, MPa 90 70 -32 -24

Uncertainty in residual stress, MPa 9 7 3.2 2.4

120 100

Residual Stress, MPa

80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -50 0 50 100 Depth, m 150 200

Future Work

The GPG is an evolving document which will continue to be updated as and when best practice and/or the measurement procedure changes. For example a recent VAMAS intercomparison has raised issues with radiation selection for some austenitic stainless steels. Where the use of Cr-Ka {220}, Mn-Ka {311} and Cr-Kb {311} radiations have given differing values of residual stress. So we need to give some thought over which radiations and planes to recommend within the guide.

VAMAS Intercomparison

Repeatabilty Results -250


Residual Stress, MPa



Reference with uncertainty Average with NPL uncertainty Fit = Peason VII or pseudo Voight Fit SG = Sliding Gravity FHWM = 1/2 FWHM CG = Center of gravity GF = Gausian fit


Laboratory Tube Peak fitting

A Cr Fit






F Cr Fit



I Cr Fit




Input into European Standardisation.

Standardisation Current activities within Europe (CEN TC138 WG10) to produce a suite of standards for X-ray Powder Diffraction, which includes residual stress measurement using XRD. The NPL Good Practice Guide has been used as the basis of the UK contribution to the European Standard.

European Standards.

Non-destructive testing X-ray diffraction from polycrystalline and amorphous material

Part 1: General Principles (BS EN 13925-1 2003) Part 2: Procedures (BS EN 13925-2 2003) Part 3: Instruments (BS EN 13925-3 2005)

Non-destructive testing Terminology Terms used in X-ray diffraction from polycrystalline and amorphous materials (prEn 1330-11 2006) Non-destructive testing Test method for residual stress analysis by X-ray diffraction (prEN 15305 2005)

The Role of the Working Group.

Standardisation is continuing with work currently on reference materials. Work at NPL on residual stress measurement continues in a third project. Ad-hoc working group on residual stress measurement using hole drilling and XRD. Need for future meeting