This event will be a one day workshop which will include a wide range of topics including, the basic principles of crystallography and of the laboratory based X-ray diffraction (XRD) method, it’s advantages and limitations. The measurement of awkward samples including curved ones, large ones and anisotropic materials will be covered. We will also discuss elastic constants given that we measure strain, not stress as well as methods layer removal. There will be an instrument manufacturer's forum with live demonstrations of portable residual stress diffractometers. We also intend to initiate a Round Robin to test the reproducibility XRD method with as wide a range of instruments and participants as possible. This Workshop is intended for everyone working in the field or who has an interest, both those who are experienced and particularly those who are new to the field and may need to make measurements in the future.
BSSM organises various events throughout the year including workshops, training courses, examinations, exhibitions and conferences. All events are open to BSSM members and non-members with BSSM members receiving discounted rates for attending.
The objective of the Level 3 examination is to enable candidates to show that they have a broad knowledge of strain measurement methods and component behaviour, can evaluate strain gauge installations made by other personnel, and can make measurements using strain gauges and determine accurate values of stress. The whole examination takes two days, and has three parts: a practical test a written test an interview All courses can be taken independently and taking an exam is optional.
The objective of the Level 1 examination is to enable candidates to demonstrate that they use procedures consistent with the Code of Practice, and are able to install gauges to BSSM standards. All courses can be taken independently and taking an exam is optional.
All courses can be taken independently and taking an exam is optional. The 4-day Strain Analysis course provides an introduction to electrical resistance strain gauges and the associated circuits for strain measurement and transducer applications. It covers the installation of foil gauges using cyanoacrylate and epoxy adhesives, inspection of installations, the measurement of strain and load, and the use of rosettes to determine principal values. The course uses lectures, demonstrations and practical tasks to provide participants with a good understanding of electrical resistance strain gauges, the selection and use of gauges and circuits for strain measurement and transducer applications, the positioning of gauges, and the methods used to install and test gauges and circuits. Some previous strain gauge experience is desirable. Hands-on sessions form an important element of the course and it is therefore necessary to restrict the group size to about 10. The course provides an appropriate preparation for certification at Level 3. All courses can be taken independently and taking an exam is optional.
The objective of the Level 2 examination is to enable candidates to demonstrate that they use procedures consistent with the Code of Practice, and are able to direct the installation of gauges, choose appropriate gauges, materials and methods, and make measurements using gauges. All courses can be taken independently and taking an exam is optional.
The PGEM Conference brings together PhD/MPhil postgraduate students and early career researchers involved in the field of Engineering measurement and experimental techniques in stress, strain and vibration analysis. PGEM offers the opportunity to discuss research and network in a low pressure/ informal environment. Best Presentation Competition sponsored by Instron with Prizes of £125, £75 and £50.