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A Case Study for the Low Fidelity Modeling of Threaded Fasteners Subject to Tensile Loadings at Low and High Strain Rates

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John P. Mersch, Jeffrey A. Smith, Evan P. Johnson

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Paper No. PVP2017-65118, pp. V002T02A020; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 2: Computer Technology and Bolted Joints
  • Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, July 16–20, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5793-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


A series of tests on NAS1352-06-6P threaded fasteners were coupled with analysis to fit constitutive models, evaluate multiple modeling approaches, and ultimately predict failure. Experiments loading the fasteners in tension at both quasistatic and dynamic loading rates were performed to obtain calibration and validation data for the analysis. The fastener was modeled with two low-fidelity approaches — a “plug” of hex elements retaining the nominal fastener geometry (without threads) and a “spot weld”, which incorporates similar geometry but the fastener is sliced near its mid-plane to define a tensile load-displacement relationship between the two exposed surfaces — to accommodate the use of these modeling methods in a larger, more detailed finite element analysis. Both modeling approaches were calibrated using quasistatic test data and then extended to the dynamic analyses to compare with the analogous test results. The analysis accurately reproduces most acceleration time-histories observed in the dynamic testing but under predicts failure, indicating the possible presence of strain rate effects that have been neglected in the constitutive models.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Fasteners , Modeling



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