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Pin/Bolt Check

The Pin/Bolt Check box displays the safety status of all the pin and bolt connectors in the active document.

Click here for more info on the safety check for connectors.

  • Needs attention. The folder lists all connectors with a resultant load safety ratio smaller than the user-defined safety factor.

If a connector is listed in the Needs attention folder, its load capacity is at risk. Consider resizing the connector.

  • OK. The folder lists all connectors with a resultant load safety ratio larger than the user-defined safety factor. A connector listed in the OK folder can carry safely the loads without failing.

  • Details. Lists the forces in all connectors. Data cells of connectors with no-pass status are red. Data cells of connectors with a pass status are green. For nonlinear studies, the forces are listed for each solution step.

To perform a safety check for all connectors:

  1. Create a static or nonlinear study.

  2. Define pin or bolt connectors in your document.

  3. In the Connectors PropertyManager, select Strength Data.

  4. Under Strength Data:

    1. Set the Tensile Stress Area and its unit.

    2. Set the connector's material yield strength and its unit in Bolt Strength.

    3. Set the factor of safety in Safety Factor.

  5. After running the study, right-click the Results folder and select Define Pin/Bolt Check.

  6. For nonlinear studies, set the step number at which you want to see the safety results.

  7. Click .

Connectors with a resultant load safety ratio larger than the user-defined safety factor are listed in the OK folder , and are colored green in the graphics area.

Connectors with a resultant load safety ratio smaller than the user-defined safety factor are listed in the Needs Attention folder , and are colored red in the graphics area. These connectors may need resizing to pass the safety check.

  1. In the Pin/Bolt Check box, select a connector icon.

The connector's callout appears in the graphics area. The callout displays the safety status of the connector, the calculated factor of safety (FOS), and the user-defined FOS.

Related Topics

Connector - Bolt

Connector - Pin

Pin/Bolt Safety Check



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