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Random Vibration with Bolted Connectors

Question asked by Mark Wylie on Nov 14, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 6, 2017 by Bill McEachern

Hi guys,


I need to perform stress analysis on a metal chassis which is bolted together. I need to analyse both the metalwork and the bolts under a random vibration PSD.

I understand that the bolted connectors can only be applied to non-linear studies but is there a workaround so I can include the bolts, maybe as constrained structures in the random vib model?


My other approach is to synthesise a time history of the PSD and input that into a non-linear dynamic study but seems like there must be a more straight forward way!?


Does anyone have any experience with this?


I also need to conduct Quasi-static load analysis (apply g on each axis)...I am guessing that this is done under non-linear static study?


Thanks in advance!