Optimized bolt tightening strategies for gasketed flanged pipe joints of different sizes

Muhammad Abid, Ayesha Khan, David Hugh Nash, Masroor Hussain, Hafiz Abdul Wajid

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Achieving a proper preload in the bolts of a gasketed bolted flanged pipe joint during joint assembly is considered important for its optimized performance. This paper presents results of detailed non-linear finite element analysis of an optimized bolt tightening strategy of different joint sizes for achieving proper preload close to the target stress values. Industrial guidelines are considered for applying recommended target stress values with TCM (torque control method) and SCM (stretch control method) using a customized optimization algorithm. Different joint components performance is observed and discussed in detail.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
Early online date22 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2016
Event14th International Conference on Pressure Vessel Technology - ICPVT-14 - Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China
Duration: 23 Sep 201526 Sep 2015


  • bolted
  • flanged pipe joints
  • torque control
  • stretch control
  • finite element analysis
  • optimized


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