Articles by Dr. David Kirk

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  • Factors Affecting Almen Strip Curvature Readings
  • Year: 1999, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-7 (pg 291-300)
  • This study considers the actual shape of deformed Almen strips, the source of that shape, variations in strip parameters and peening vaariables affecting curvature readings. It is shown that deformed...

  • Effects of Peening on Stress Corrosion Cracking in Carbon Steel
  • Year: 1999, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-7 (pg 167-176)
  • Stress corrosion cracking is an inherent problem commonly found in most carbon steels. This research compares the susceptibility of mild, heat-treatable and surface-treated carbon steels to SCC and i...

  • Residual Stresses Induced by Peening Austenitic Ductile Cast-Iron
  • Year: 1999, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-7 (pg 23-32)
  • Beneficial compressive surface residual stresses have been induced by peening an austenitic ductile cast iron (20%Ni, 2%Cr, 0.15%Nb weldable-grade). Stress levels of -433MPa and -280MPA were found fo...

  • Transformations Induced in Austenitic Stainless Steels by Shot Peening
  • Year: 1999, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-7 (pg 15-22)
  • The presence of martensite in a nominally austenitic stainless steel can have a profound effect on the steel's physical, chemical, mechanical and service properties. Plastic deformation can induce tr...

  • Shot Peening
  • Year: 1999, Source: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology; Vol 17 No 4
  • Peening is a very useful process for extending the service life of a large number of metallic components. Its benefits can only be maximised through an understanding of the principles that are involv...

  • Fundamental Aspects of Shot Peening Coverage Control Part Three: Coverage Control Versus Fatigue
  • Year: 1996, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-6, (p.456-463)
  • Increasing coverage as shot peening progresses invlves multiple impacting. Over-peening will induce cracking and reduce fatigue and corrosion-fatigue performance. Equations for multiple impacting [Av...

  • The Development of Residual Stresses and Curvature in Mild Steel by Needle Peening
  • Year: 1996, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-6, (p.312-319)
  • This study has involved a bench-mounted, air driven, needle gun with 2 mm diameter flat-ended needles, to apply controlled peening to 3 mm and 6 mm thick mild steel specimens. The induced curvature i...

  • Developments in Interactive Control of Shot Peening Intensity
  • Year: 1996, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-6, (p. 95-106)
  • Interactive control of shot peening is based on continuous monitoring of peening intensity changes. The latest development in monitoring presented here involves the use of an elastically-strained arm...

  • Theoretical Basis of Shot Peening Coverage Control
  • Year: 1995, Source: The Shot Peener magazine, Vol 09/Issue 2, Spring 1995
  • Abstract A simplified treatment of the theoretical basis of coverage control is presented based on the application of an Avrami equation. This application shows how coverage progresses during shot p...

  • Theoretical Basis of Shot Peening Coverage Control
  • Year: 1993, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-5, (p.175-183)
  • A simplified treatment of the theoretical basis of coverage control is presented based on the application of an Avrami equation. This application shows how coverage progresses during shot peening wit...

  • Interactive Shot Peening Control
  • Year: 1993, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-5, (p. 9-14)
  • The advantages and disadvantages of existing methods of shot peening control are considered leading to a proposal that interactive control should be used in certain circumstances. A method of interac...

  • Development of Shot Peening Control and Residual Stress Patterns
  • Year: 1992, Source: MAT-TEC 92, IITT International
  • This paper involves a consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of existing methods of shot peening control. A new method of control is proposed based on the use of linear variable displaceme...

  • Preventing Stress Corrosion Cracking of Bearings
  • Year: 1987, Source: US Patent 4,687,556
  • A method of inhibiting stress corrosion cracking of a bearing of the type installed on a shaft with an interference fit. The surface of the inner ring is shot peened at least at and near the junctures...

  • Effects Of Plastic Straining On Residual Stresses Induced By Shot-peening
  • Year: 1987, Source: Conf Proc: ICSP-3, (p.213-220)
  • The 'skin' of residual compressive stress induced by shot-peening is of primary practical importance. It is this skin of compressive stress, which offsets applied tensile stress, that gives rise to i...


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David Kirk

Born into a multi-generational steelworking family — his grandfather was a Head Roller and his father was an Open-Hearth steelmaker and also a part-time lecturer at Rotherham Technical College — David won a scholarship to a local grammar school. Grammar school success secured three scholarships that took him to Birmingham University to read Industrial Metallurgy. He was the first member of his family to attend university. After graduation, a Department of Science scholarship allowed research that finished with a doctorate for a thesis entitled "The Hot Working of Metals."

First employment as a Research Fellow at Birmingham University was followed by a short period as a Senior Research Metallurgist at the International Nickel Company's Research Laboratory in Birmingham. David then joined Coventry University as a Senior Lecturer in Metallurgy. At Coventry University, he was promoted to Principal Lecturer in Metallurgy and then Chairman of the School of Materials. Initial research activity centered on X-ray residual stress measurement which prompted him to establish Coventry Science Consultants Ltd. This was followed by his installation of a shot-peening research laboratory at the University with active encouragement and advice by the late Jack Plaster.

Upon retirement, David was first appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow and is now Visiting Professor of Materials at Coventry University. David has, after retirement, published some 70 research papers and articles on shot peening and residual stresses. Following his organization of the International Conference on Shot Peening in Oxford, he was elected Chairman of the International Scientific Committee for Shot Peening and he was subsequently elected to be a Life member. David was awarded The Shot Peener of the Year award in 2001 for his significant contributions to the advancement of shot peening.

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