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Bolted Joints-Stochastic Modeling

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Yosef Amir

GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI

Paper No. IMECE2011-65548, pp. 511-521; 11 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Design and Manufacturing
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5489-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


In general, prediction behavior of bolted joints is very complex due to the uncertainty nature parameters involved in the design. Particularly, bolted Joints under shear load; the coefficient of friction plays a big role in prediction of joint movement. The analytical method of the Extreme Value method is utilized by applying a well-known worst case scenario like VDI 2230 and is sufficient for most of general purpose bolted joint analysis. However, there are cases of bolted joints where this method could leads to a false prediction of bolted joint failures. This paper applies stochastic method in the design of bolted joint modeling. As an example of this method case study of a critical bolted joint to safety presented, the model simulation assumed probabilistic functions for sensitive variables with significant variance like coefficient of friction, preload scatter, and embedment. The simulation presented the prediction of the preload required to sustaining the joint members of no relative movement with a level of 99.97% confidence. Comparisons of extreme value method to stochastic highlighted the cases of benefit to use both methods.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Modeling



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