A Numerical Study of the effect of Bolt Thread Geometry on the Load Distribution of Continuous Threads

  • Abdulla Sherif Mahmoud Fathalla University of Nottingham Malaysia
  • Farid Ali Akhavan University of Nottingham Malaysia
  • Reza Moezzi Technical University of Liberec
  • Seyed Saeid Rahimian Koloor Technical University of Liberec


Load distribution has been studied extensively for ISO thread, but the load distribution on power screw threads, specifically ACME and Square threads, has not been studied yet. In this article, axisymmetric two-dimensional and three-dimensional Finite Element Analysis have been conducted on bolts with different sizes and thread geometries to examine the effect of the thread geometry on the load distribution. The thread geometries were studied with ISO, ACME, and Square threads attention. The sizes used are from the ISO coarse series. In order to investigate on the effect of bolt thread geometry, several simulations have been performed. The two-dimensional simulation results have shown reliable performance in determining the load distribution behaviour when the thread geometry is modified, moreover, the results agreed with the three-dimensional simulation outcomes regarding the load distribution behaviour when the size is varied.

Mechanical Engineering