Advances over the last ten years in computer automation and control, compact and portable x-ray sources, and reliable and efficient detector systems have allowed X-Ray Determination of Residual Stress (XRDRS) measurements to become a viable method of evaluating the state of stress in metals, alloys, and ceramics. However, problems associated with incorrect XRDRS equipment operation and poor experimental technique are prevelant in industry, necessitating better operator training and education. Therefore, an interactive computer workstation, called RS/hyper, was developed to lead the operator towards correct operating procedures and reliable experimental technique.
Proper machine setup, machine maintenance, radiation safety, experimental technique, theoretical understanding, and limited data evaluation are presented in RS/hyper. Graphical aids are used extensively to avoid confusion and misinterpretation of theoretical concepts and equipment instructions. RS/hyper is interactive, allowing the user to learn about topics at a comfortable level of explanation. Compared to written texts and references, RS/hyper has been shown to reduce training and problem solving time by a factor of 16.
RS/hyper will train novice users of XRDRS equipment so that the data acquired from such machines will be reliable in an industrial environment. Also, since the software educates the user, data will be more accurately represented before interpretation. The experienced user should find RS/hyper useful as a reference to XRDRS and related information.