Intelligent fastening with A‐BOLTTM technology and sensor networks

Siddeswara Mayura Guru (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia)
Saman Fernando (Ajax Engineered Fasteners, Victoria, Australia)
Saman Halgamuge (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia)
Kenneth Chan (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Publication date: 1 December 2004

Abstract

Threaded fasteners appear to be the best low cost option for applying a desired clamp load to assemble a joint, which can be disassembled, if necessary, at a low cost. A large number of joint failures are due to inadequate tension on the joint. Most conventional tightening methods only provide a vague indication of the bolt tension. In this paper we will discuss the development of the A‐BOLT™ system, which can measure the tension in the mechanical bolt to ±1 per cent accuracy of the proof load. The key element of the system is a specially designed mechanical bolt with a top‐mounted sensor to measure the bolt elongation. We will also describe the development of different generations of the A‐BOLT™ system and its industrial applications. Finally we will present an overview of research on the cluster based networking of wireless sensors to minimize energy consumption in a network of sensors.

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Citation

Mayura Guru, S., Fernando, S., Halgamuge, S. and Chan, K. (2004), "Intelligent fastening with A‐BOLTTM technology and sensor networks", Assembly Automation, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 386-393. https://doi.org/10.1108/01445150410562598

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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