The semidestructive incremental hole-drilling method commonly used to evaluate residual stresses is exceedingly sensitive to experimental errors, with sensitivity increasing as hole depth increases. To determine stress variations through the engine thickness, it is necessary to use accurate drilling methods, as well as suitable mathematical models and procedures to minimize the errors associated with residual stress measurement. This work examines the effects of measurement errors on the evaluation of residual stresses with the integral method. An enhanced procedure for managing the experimental data is proposed that allows evaluation of the residual stresses with thickness variations.

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