Gianluca De Zanet

I have received a feedback on the use of Fixed Joints for pre-calculations, and that confuses me a bit. It is suggested to establish only Fixed Joints between the interfacing parts, with no other contacts. Then, the joints have to be defined in the conic pression zone of each bolt in the interface (I presume imprinted area of the analytical calculated compression diameter?). Finally, the workload can be retrieved by using joint probes, and the bolts can be sized accordingly.

Is this a valid approach? It just seems that there is not an unambiguous way of doing that, and it would be great if that could be clarified.