Residual Stress



Chair: Tom Berfield | University of Louisville Email
Vice-Chair: Nick Bachus | University of California, Davis Email
Secretary: Chris D'Elia | University of California, Davis Email


The mission of the Residual Stress Technical Division (RSTD) is to advance the state of knowledge in the area of experimental techniques for residual stress measurement and experimental characterization of residual stress effects on the performances of materials and engineering systems. Activities include organizing sessions, symposia, short courses, and journal special issues on these topics. Our work on residual stress analysis overlaps with the efforts of other technical divisions resulting in a cooperative effort between researchers from different areas of experimental mechanics.

The RSTD actively organizes sessions for the SEM annual conference approximately every other year. The years are chosen to minimize conflicts with other residual stress events such as the International Conference on Residual Stresses and the Residual Stress Summit. Because of missing 2021 due to COVID, we hope to organize sessions for 2022 and we are definitely planning to organize sessions for 2023.


Books, Review Articles, and Course by the RSTD:

Residual Stress 101 short course taught at SEM Annual Conference 2019.



Hole-Drilling Method
Gary S. Schajer, Philip S. Whitehead
This book describes the theory and practice of the Hole-Drilling Method for measuring residual stresses in engineering components. Such measurements are important because residual stresses have a "hidden" character because they exist locked-in within...
Publication Date: January, 2018
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Schajer, G.S. “Relaxation Methods for Measuring Residual Stresses: Techniques and Opportunities,”
Experimental Mechanics, 50, 1117–1127 (2010).