Over the past 25 years the field of neutron diffraction for residual stress characterization has grown tremendously, and has matured from the stage of trial demonstrations to provide a practical tool with widespread applications in materials science and engineering. While the literature on the subject has grown commensurately, it has also remained fragmented and scattered across various journals and conference proceedings.
For the first time, this volume presents a comprehensive introduction to stress measurement using neutron diffraction. It discusses all aspects of the technique, from the basic physics, the different neutron sources and instrumentation, to the various strategies for lattice strain measurement and data interpretation. These are illustrated by practical examples. This book represents a coherent unified treatment of the subject, written by well-known experts. It will prepare students, engineers, and other newcomers for their first neutron diffraction experiments and provide experts with a definitive reference work.
Introduction. Fundamentals of Neutron Diffraction. Diffraction Techniques and Instrument Design. Practical Aspects of Strain Measurement Using Neutron Diffraction. Interpretation and Analysis of Lattice Strain Data. Applications to Problems in Materials Science and Engineering. The Future. Symbols and Abbreviations. Glossary. Appendix 1: Note on Reactor Flux Spectrum. Appendix 2: Relation Between the Centroid of Sampled Gauge Volume and Translator Reading. Appendix 3: Points for Consideration When Making a Neutron Diffraction Stress Measurement. Appendix 4: Macroscopic Scattering Cross-Sections of all Elements. Index.