Bolt Shearing Stress in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Article by Krystal Petersen on Jun 13, 2022

Stress in Bolt Loads

Showing stress in loads involving bolts can be critical in the process of production when they are in use. In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, one way to do this is by using a small steel pin and block assembly. Using axial tension load on the pin can be used to investigate the stress distribution along the length of the fastener. This could be considered a fully engaged thread or an adhesive bond line could serve the same purpose.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Stress in Bolt Loads

You can also use a Von Mises stress plot under load, but it can be difficult to make out the stress distribution depending on the part being used.

Von Mises stress plot SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bolt Load Stress

Showing Shearing Stress

Showing Shearing Stress in a plot is easy, however, investigating it can be tricky. In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, there are a few ways to do so a bit more easily. One way is using the Shear Stress Plot.

In the Shear Stress Plot, right-clicking on the plot will allow you to use the Probe tool. The Probe tool can be used to display various graphs by using nodes along the intersection of the bolt and its position. 

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Probe Tool Options

GoEngineer YouTube video SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Bolt Shearing Stress To learn more about this topic, check out our YouTube video SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Bolt Shearing Stress

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About Krystal Petersen

Krystal Petersen is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Krystal studied Product Engineering at Oakland Community College and has earned her CSWA and CSWP Certifications. She joined the VAR channel in 2015 with DASI (now GoEngineer). Krystal is a huge fan of Star Wars and likes to spend her off time fishing and camping.

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