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Automated Assessment of Bolts for ANSYS

Feature Overview

FAQ

What is A-BOLT?

A-BOLT is an ANSYS ACT Extension for automated assessment and verification of prestressed bolted connections. A-BOLT is seamlessly integrated into ANSYS Mechanical environment providing user friendly interface for defining of multiple groups of bolts, database with bolts, nuts, inserts, materials and friction coefficients, detailed output ready for documentation and many other useful features.

Bolt evaluation A-BOLT is based on SPACEBOLT™ – a product of company Space Structures GmbH. SPACEBOLT™ is proven tool for bolt assessment used by many engineers mainly in space and aerospace industry. Visit www.spacebolt.de to learn more.

How to model bolts for further assessment by A-BOLT? Which ANSYS bolt modelling strategies are supported?

A-BOLT supports most common modelling strategy for bolt modelling based on Beam object. This native ANSYS Mechanical connection object represents simple and efficient way for bolt modelling. A-BOLT automatically extracts time history of internal forces for further assessment.

Which industry standards are supported?

Bolt assessment is performed according to ECSS-E-HB-32-23A handbook “Threaded Fasteners Handbook” and VDI-2230 standard “Systematic analysis of highly loaded bolt connections“.

Which results can be evaluated by A-BOLT?

A-BOLT results can be shown as contour plots on your FE-model. Currently, A-BOLT provides more than 25 result, including Margins of Safety, Preload, Axial Force, Shear Force, Gapping or Temperature Difference.

Can be A-BOLT used for assessment of bolts in MAPDL (formerly ANSYS Classic)?

No. A-BOLT is an ACT Extension and cannot be used in ANSYS MAPDL. If you would like to verify bolted connections in ANSYS MAPDL, send us an email support@designtec.eu or fill the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will provide you with suitable solution.

Pricing

Node-Locked License (one year lease)

2560 €

Rental Price (yearly). The price includes support during installation, full documentation, email and telephone support and free updates during the rental.

Network License (one year lease)

6400 €

The price includes support during installation, full documentation, email and telephone support and free updates during the rental.

Contact & Support

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