60 Spotlight on John Bouchard

60 Second Spotlight on John Bouchard, Stress-Space

Ahead of the Instrumentation, Analysis and Testing Exhibition taking place on 16 May at Silverstone Race Circuit we caught up with John Bouchard to find out more about his presentation and thoughts for the future.

Please briefly explain your current role.

I am a Founding Director of Stress-Space Ltd.  We apply the latest R&D to deliver trustworthy residual stress data for model validation, quality control and troubleshooting (manufacture and failures).

How would you say your industry has evolved over the past two years?

An increasing number of organisations have developed in-house capabilities for quantifying residual stress by modelling and measurement, for example using the Contour Method. But there is a need for training and more subject matter experts.

What is the most important development in this field at the moment, either within your organisation or in the industry in general?

There is increasing awareness of how residual stress can be engineered for more efficient and sustainable design. 

What key development(s) in test and measurement are you most interested in for the future and why?

The application of two or more residual stress measurement methods (hybrid approach) to determine the residual stress state in complex parts of interest to industry.  How to correct from plastic deformation in application of the Contour Method.

What will you be presenting at the Instrumentation, Analysis and Testing Exhibition and how will this benefit participants?

The outcome of a recent Proof-of-Concept project funded by STFC where we demonstrated, for the first time, the feasibility of positioning an X-Ray robot and performing “piggy-back” surface strain measurements on samples mounted on the ENGIN-X neutron beamline at the ISIS Neutron & Muon Source. 

Why is it important for engineers to join this event?

To learn about our March 2023 “World 1st ” experiment and assess its future potential.

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