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Increased Thread Load Capability of Bolted Joints in Light Weight Design

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-3979, e-ISSN: 1946-3987
Published June 29, 2017 by SAE International in United States
Increased Thread Load Capability of Bolted Joints in Light Weight Design
Citation: Hoernig, T., "Increased Thread Load Capability of Bolted Joints in Light Weight Design," SAE Int. J. Mater. Manf. 11(1):11-22, 2018,
Language: English


Within the scope of today’s product development in automotive engineering, the aim is to produce lighter and solid parts with higher capabilities. On the one hand lightweight materials such as aluminum or magnesium are used, but on the other hand, increased stresses on these components cause higher bolt forces in joining technology. Therefore screws with very high strength rise in importance. At the same time, users need reliable and effective design methods to develop new products at reasonable cost in short time.
The bolted joints require a special structural design of the thread engagement in low-strength components. Hence an extension of existing dimensioning of the thread engagement for modern requirements is necessary. In the context of this contribution, this will be addressed in two ways: on one hand extreme situations (low strength nut components and high-strength fasteners) are considered. On the other hand the thread reinforcement by use of wired thread inserts is investigated, which can improve the pull-out-force of the thread.
A verified and manageable dimensioning method for thread engagement in lightweight design with extreme situations and in combination with wired thread inserts is presented in this paper. The quantitative proof of a performance increase by screw connections with threaded inserts is shown. The analytical dimensioning method is ensured by experimental investigations on the one hand and on the other hand by numerical calculations.