DABJ — Design and Analysis of Bolted Joints for Aerospace Engineers

Instar Engineering Short Course

Includes a close look at NASA-STD-5020, "Requirements for Threaded Fastening Systems in Spaceflight Hardware," which was released in March 2012 for use throughout NASA.

Course Overview

Just about everyone involved in developing hardware for space missions (or any other purpose, for that matter) has been affected by problems with mechanical joints. Common problems include structural failure, fatigue, unwanted and unpredicted loss of stiffness, joint shifting or loss of alignment, fastener loosening, material mismatch, incompatibility with the space environment, misdrilled holes, time–consuming and costly assembly, and inability to disassemble when needed. The objectives of this course are to:

  • Build an understanding of how bolted joints behave and how they fail
  • Impart effective processes, methods, and standards for design and analysis, drawing on a mix of theory, empirical data, and practical experience
  • Share guidelines, rules of thumb, and valuable references
  • Help you understand NASA-STD-5020

The course includes many examples and class problems; calculators are required.

Target Audience

Mechanical design engineers, structural analysts, manufacturing engineers, and others interested.

Course Developer and Instructor

Tom Sarafin

Course Length

Three full days or five 5–hour days