Bolted Connections Dynamically Loaded in Tension

by Leendert P. Bouwman, Research Engr.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Delft Univ. of Tech., Delft, The Netherlands,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 9, Pg. 2117-2129

Document Type: Journal Paper


A report of fatigue tests on tensile loaded bolted connections is presented. The tests clearly demonstrate that the structural design is of major importance with regard to the fatigue strength of such connections. By designing connections which are structurally well-detailed, it is possible to entirely eliminate bolt fatigue in tension, while in that case an elaborate analysis of the fatigue strength of the bolts can be eliminated.

Subject Headings: Fatigue tests | Dynamic loads | Ultimate strength | Bolted connections | Load tests | Tension members | Structural strength | Load factors

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