Array, thanks once again for the details.nCould you please tell what do you mean by the flat face when you wrote  If it is a nut and bolt, then the line body should go the full length of the thickness of the two plates and use a fixed joint at each end to the flat face, not the hole diameter. If you can show it in a picture, then that would be so much helpful.nIf it a bolt and threaded hole, then the length can be the thickness of the plate with the clearance hole., didn't quite understood this. A pictorial representation can do wonders here, if you may.nor the hole face could be divided if the thread depth is less than the hole depth.'', shouldn't we only create the fixed joint with the pilot hole, because even if the thread depth is less than the hole depth, that thread depth can include the pilot hole + the clearance hole, but the bolt is not biting into the clearance hole. nif a Bolt Pretension load is applied to clamp the plates together, there must be 2 elements along the line body or the Bolt Pretension load will fail to be created., there are so many things within ANSYS which we refer to as elements, can you please specify what kind of elements you are talking about here ArraynThere does not need to be any connection of the center plate to the line body. Frictional contact between the faces of the plates prevents the center plate from moving., in reality as well? Doesn't the bolt transfer any forces to the hole of the middle plate since it is also biting it?nAssume there is a certain amount of distance between each of the plates, and all of them are connected by a bolt. Then there is no face to face contact. When one plate is applied with a force, the other plates [i.e. the middle as well as the last plate] both experience a force/moment transfer. How do I model this?.