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A Tetraparametric Metamodel for the Simulation and Optimization of Bolting Sequences for Wind Generator Flanges

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Mikel Abasolo, Josu Aguirrebeitia, Rafael Avilés, Igor Fernandez de Bustos

University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain

Paper No. IMECE2010-37643, pp. 303-312; 10 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Design and Manufacturing, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4427-4
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In the bolted joints of wind generator flanges there is a gap between the contact surfaces of the flanges. This involves a nonlinear behavior of the system during the tightening sequence of the joint. This phenomenom, in addition with the elastic interaction, makes it difficult to achieve a uniform bolt preload at the end of the assembly process. This work presents a methodology which, based on a metamodel created for such purpose, enables the optimization of the tightening sequence; i.e. it calculates the load to be applied to each bolt in order to achieve a desired uniform preload at the end of the tightening sequence. This optimization is done with a minimum computational cost, avoiding costly experimental measurements or nonlinear FE simulations. Besides, the methodology also takes into account that the load for any bolt must be below its yield point, and therefore calculates a two-pass sequence if necessary.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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