1999 Volume 42 Issue 4 Pages 618-623
Thermoelastic stress analysis(TSA) is a technique for measuring stresses through temperature changes induced by the thermoelastic effect of elastic bodies. Unfortunately, TSA can only provide the sum of the principal stresses. In this paper, the stress separation problem to determine individual stress components from the sum of the principal stresses is considered. The problem is divided into two parts:(1)an inverse problem to estimate unknown boundary values from the sum of the principal stresses inside the body, and(2)a direct problem to determine the stress components inside the body based on the estimated boundary values. This two-step approach is formulated and solved by BEM. It is found that the combination of Tikhonov regularization with supplementary data and Hansen's L-curve method is effective for attaining an accurate result of stress separation.