On Optimal Bolt Preload

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G. A. Fazekas

Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Tex.

J. Eng. Ind 98(3), 779-782 (Aug 01, 1976) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439028 History: Received June 06, 1975; Online July 15, 2010


A linear model of a bolted joint subject to alternating tension is directly correlated with a modified Goodman diagram. It is shown that bolt preload can have a beneficial or adverse effect. The optimal value is determined by the minimal clamping force. The rigid flange plus elastic bolt is shown to be of advantage in all circumstances.

Copyright © 1976 by ASME
Topics: Force , Flanges , Tension
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