Estimate Compressed Layer Depth by Using Almen Peening Intensity

Author:  Prof. Dr. David Kirk, Coventry University, U.K.
Source:  The Shot Peener magazine, Vol 28, Issue 2, Spring 2014
Doc ID:  2014018
Year of Publication:  2014
INTRODUCTION: Shot peening induces a surface layer that contains compressive residual stress. It is this compressed surface layer that is largely responsible for improved fatigue performance of components. The depth of the layer is therefore of pivotal importance to users. X-ray stress analysis, involving multiple layer removals, is the most accurate method of determining the depth of the compressed layer. Indirect methods, such as micro hardness profiles, also involve multiple layer removals. Both methods are tedious and expensive and are carried out after peening.

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