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Quick Reference Guide

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mesh Geometry and mesh preparation

  • It is preferred to model rivets and bolts with the corresponding Rivet, Simplified or Advanced Bolts feature instead of geometry parts. This allows for easy optimization of all bolt properties (size, type, material, contacts, pre-load) without updating geometry, contacts and mesh.
  • Rivets & Bolts defined in a static analysis can be used in a pre-stressed Modal and subsequent Transient, Harmonic, Random & Spectrum analyses.

createMeshSizing Thread mesh sizing

boltContact Bolt Contacts

rivets Rivets

  • Rivets are efficient for connecting parts locally at each bolt hole edge.
    The search Max thickness is the individual part thickness.
    Tip: Create a worksheet named selection of all edges with a specified radius.

boltm Sequential Pretension

exportmaterial Export Bolt Material

  • Engineering data for a rivet/bolt may be exported to the default app materials.
    If defined the “Tensile Yield Strength” and “Ultimate Yield Strength” is used in post processing.

boltm Bolts Pretension

  • Assign both bolt material and recommended pretension based on design code and identified shaft diameter using the Bolts Pretension.

multiboltgs Simplified Bolts (to ground)

multiboltga Advanced Bolts (to ground)

childSetup Child Setup

  • The bolt setup may be reused in linked analyses using the Child Setup. This will allow for “Solution Combination” in post processing.

rivetPost Rivets Result

  • General Rivet results (forces and stresses) and Eurocode 3 utilization for selected step/time or max over time.

boltPost Bolts Result

  • General Bolt results (forces, stresses, adjustment, head contact pressure, average joint contact normal/slip force) and code evaluation for selected step/time or maximum over time.
  • Bolt results can be evaluated at Result Location Head/Mid/Thread section to account for different stress area due to Nominal Diameter Length and the variable shaft bending moment, Mb.

boltFatigue Bolts Fatigue

  • Bolts Fatigue evaluation based on normal/structural/shear stress and Eurocode 3 S-N curves.
  • Cumulative damage based on grouped fatigue load cases or by solution editor.

boltPostChild Child Result

  • Evaluate a different Result Item at a different Result Location (at a different time/step) for a selected parent results object using Child Result.

boltGroup Group Result

  • Evaluate a selected Result Item at a different Result Location (at a different time/step) for a group of selected parent results objects using Grouped Result.

femRst Mesh Result

  • Use Mesh Results to display FEM results (temperature, stress, strain, contact) from added bolts.

worksheetPreview Bolt object worksheet preview

htmlicon Bolt Report

  • One-button-click Bolt report for selected analysis with information for all defined rivets/bolts and their results.
  • The Bolt report is available by installing the Report Generator app and will use the Bolt Toolkit license.
    The general report features requires the Report Generator license.
  • The bolt report is easy to import to Microsoft Word.

EC3 Eurocode 3 assessment

  • Rivet and bolt assessment according to Eurocode 3 for different joint categories including detailed results summary in bolt report.

AISC AISC 360-16 assessment

  • Bolt assessment according to AISC 360-16 for different joint categories including detailed results summary in bolt report.

user User code assessment

  • User defined bolt codes can be created adding additional materials, S-N curves or edit the expressions for utilization calculation.

appSettings Bolt Settings

  • To manage global app settings or edit the codes use the Bolt Settings object. Settings can be imported from a selected previous app version. The settings can then be saved to update the app default values.

activeLicense Active License

  • The Active License button displays the status of the license. Click to release (check in) the license.