Numerical parametric evaluation of ultimate resistance of high-strength bolts

Jie Li, Haohui Xin*, Zhiqiang Wang, Milan Veljkovic, Zhao Bingzhen, Junjie Zhao, José A.F.O. Correia

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High strength bolts are widely used in the engineering field due to their good compressive properties. Accurate assessment of the ultimate capacity performance of high strength bolts under combined loading is essential to ensure the safety of steel structures in the connection zone. Existing studies are not sufficiently clear on the economic and condition-specific limits on the effects of various factors on high-strength bolts under complex stress conditions. In response to these problems, the aim of this paper is to analyse the effects of different factors on the load-bearing performance of high-strength bolts on the basis of numerical simulations. The mesoscale critical plastic strain (MCEPS) method was used on the model fracture and the accuracy of the model evaluation was verified. The effects of grade, type, diameter and bolt hole clearance on the ductile fracture behaviour of high-strength bolts were investigated. It was found that fully threaded bolts and through-hole clearances can mainly affect the load-bearing properties of high-strength bolts and increase the bolt's fracture-deformation capacity. The load-bearing performance of high-strength bolts under the influence of different factors was also compared with the Eurocode design (EC3) predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104967
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • Bolt diameter
  • Bolt grade
  • Bolt hole clearance
  • Bolt type
  • High-strength bolts


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