Bolt preloads in solution combinations
I have a question about using bolt preloads and solution combinations. If I have the same bolted joints and preloads in each base case in my solution combination, won't that compound forces and stresses in the bolted joints? For example if I have two base cases (that each contain the same bolt preloads) in my solution combination would my bolt tension and clamp force double in the solution combination results? Would it be more accurate to have the bolt preloads in only one of the base cases? Or maybe add a base case that is just the bolt preloads and remove them from the other base cases?
This is my first experience with ANSYS after using different FEA software and I'm still trying to figure it out.