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Parametric Study of the Numerical Model of a Bolted Connection of Steel Structure for Photovoltaic Panels


[ 1 ] Instytut Analizy Konstrukcji, Wydział Inżynierii Lądowej i Transportu, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.6] Civil engineering and transport

Year of publication


Published in


Journal year: 2022 | Journal volume: vol. 15 | Journal number: iss. 19

Article type

scientific article

Publication language


  • parametric study
  • bolted connection
  • nutless screw
  • steel structures
  • photovoltaic panels
  • renewable energy sources

EN In the face of the reality that unexpectedly mobilized the governments of most central European countries (including Poland), the development of renewable energy sources (RES) seems to be an important direction. Therefore, both wind parks and solar farms will be constructed at double speed for energetic independence. This urgency makes the market of producers of structures for mounting solar panels also need to adapt quickly to the new situation. New constructions adapted to quick assembly with the use of nutless screw connections seem to be one of the best solutions. These structures must not only be easy and quick to install but also durable, which makes the connections resistant to cyclical loads. The speed of assembly of the substructure can be achieved precisely with the help of nutless connections, but their durability should be carefully analyzed. This article presents parametric analyses of the numerical model of this type of connection. The selection of appropriate numerical models for simulation is of key importance in the fatigue strength analysis of bolted connections. This article investigates two different models used in numerical fatigue analyses performed in the Abaqus FEA and FE-Safe program, namely, traditional bolt with nut and innovative self-tapping nutless bolt. Extended parametric analyses of both numerical models were carried out, which ultimately allowed optimization of the fatigue capacity of the connection.

Date of online publication


Pages (from - to)

6794-1 - 6794-14





Article Number: 6794

License type

CC BY (attribution alone)

Open Access Mode

open journal

Open Access Text Version

final published version

Date of Open Access to the publication

at the time of publication

Ministry points / journal


Impact Factor

3.748 [List 2021]

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