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Simulation Bolt Connector Analysis - How to determine if the bolt fails ...

Question asked by 1-HVMRZ9 on Mar 17, 2010
Latest reply on Mar 18, 2010 by 1-HVMRZ9



I'm just trying to understand the bolt connector simulation in SolidWorks.  Is there a way to determine if the bolt fails?  I have a test setup that I ran two analyses on using 50lb and 5000lb respectively.  The diameter of the hole is .250 using ASTM-A36 steel.  There is a no penetration contact set between the two faces in contact with each other of each part and has a pretension torque of 96 in./lbs.  Can anyone explain the 5000lb analyses?  Is this the way to determine if a bolt fails ... if at all?  Any light that can be shed would be great.