Assembly Modeling & Bolted Joints


B.S. in engineering or engineering experience. Course assumes basic familiarity with ANSYS Mechanical and the Workbench Environment.

Access to ANSYS Mechanical software (v15).


This online ANSYS training course focuses on the modeling of assemblies and bolted joints using ANSYS Mechnical v15 in the Workbench environment. Many structural analysis requirements involve critical assemblies of multiple parts with a variety of mechanically fastened joints. The joint interfaces are common regions where premature failure occurs, so proper simulation techniques are paramount in ensuring safe designs. Finite element simulation provides insight into load transfer and detailed part stresses in assemblies.  Based on your requirements, an upper level limit-load analysis may be all that is required. Another requirement may be to determine detailed stresses for joint fatigue. 

This training course will demonstrate two different approaches to bolted joint analysis. The first will look at an upper level, global loads model analysis. The next method will look at detailed load transfer and material stress analysis. Important factors that influence analysis performance and joint details will also be reviewed.  (i.e. mesh, materials, geometry, friction, etc.) Workshops are provided in this ANSYS training course to demonstrate features.

Day 1 - 10:00am - 12:00pm - Lecture

Day 2 - 10:00am - 12:00pm - Instructor-Led Workshop Session and Q&A period

Topics Include:

  • Different bolted connection approaches for various levels of detail or analysis focus
  • Detailed solid part connections and problem setup
  • Applying bolt pretension load and monitoring
  • Bolt and Part contact & interaction options and setup
  • Rigid body motion and general nonlinear problem setup
  • Postprocessing important results quantities
  • Integration with design studies and optimization

Instructor: George Bauer, M.S.M.E. - George has over 20 years structural analysis experience and develops and teaches our full lineup of ANSYS courses .He also teaches engineering courses as an adjunct professor at several local universities.

Online Course Information

This course consists of a 2 hour lecture session on Day 1. Day 2 consists of a two-hour instructor led workshop session and question and answer period.  A total of 4 PE credits will be awarded for attendance, after the completion of a course evaluation.

Instructions detailing how to obtain necessary course files, including manuals and workshop files, will be sent to you upon registration. 

Online courses are hosted using WebEx. If your company does not permit the installation of the WebEx applet, upon entering the meeting, there will be an option at the bottom of the browser window that directs you to continue without installing anything on your system.  Click on this link to load the webinar.

Please see our course cancellation policy for more details.

Contact Christina Capasso for more details about the course material or if you have any other questions at, or (203) 758-2914.