Advantages of HEICO-TEC®

  • Simple
    A hand-held torque wrench is all you need for tightening and loosening. No special tools are required. This makes maintenance far easier.
  • Fast
    Manual pretensioning saves on the transport and set-up times that would be required by special tools. HEICO-TEC® Tension Nuts are often tightened in the same time it takes to set up electric, hydraulic or pneumatic tools.
  • Reliable
    The pressure pins act like springs and increase the flexibility of the bolted joint. This compensates for settlement of the joint, thus preserving preload.
  • Safe
    The pressure pins act like springs and increase the flexibility of the bolted joint. This compensates for settlement of the joint, thus preserving preload.
  • Durable
    The greater flexibility reduces the bolted joint’s dynamic stress, thus increasing its service life.
  • Precise
    Controlled friction characteristics ensure the highest tightening and repeat accuracy – guaranteed and confirmed by DNV GL.
  • Reusable
    As the HEICO-TEC® assembly is not damaged during tightening and loosening, the HEICO-TEC® Tension Nuts are reusable.
  • Compatible
    HEICO-TEC® Tension Nuts comply with all ISO 898-2 requirements. You can directly replace any conventional nut from the same strength class.
  • Economical
    Our efficient and high volume manufacturing process means that we can transfer the cost benefits directly to our customers.

The better Alternative

Compared with conventional methods, HEICO-TEC® Tension Nuts offer considerable advantages for tensioning large bolted joints quickly, simply and reliably.

PHYSICS OF BOLT TENSIONING PROCESS

Due to the inclined plane of the bolt threads, the turning movement of bolt tightening results in axial elongation and preload of the bolt.

Problems:

  1. Threads are deformed even when proper lubrication is applied.
  2. The deformation of the threads reduces the preload, durability, and reusability of the bolt.
  3. The torsion stress from thread friction and deformation reduces the axial load-bearing capacity of the bolt.

 

PHYSICS OF BOLT TENSIONING PROCESS

THE HYDRAULIC TENSIONING PROCESS

When tightening a bolt with a hydraulic cylinder, the bolt is elongated and the nut is then tightened free of load. When the hydraulic pressure is released, the bolt contracts, resulting in the proper tension on the bolt.

Problem:

As the nut was not pretensioned while the bolt was elongated, a percentage of the elongation of the bolt is lost in joint settlement. Only two thirds of the bolt strength can be utilized.

 

THE HYDRAULIC TENSIONING PROCESS

TENSION NUTS WITH PRESSURE BOLTS PROCESS

In the case of tension nuts with pressure bolts, the pressure bolts are arranged closer to the bolt thread and have a smaller hexagon head.

Problems:

  1. With less space to maneuver, this tensioning system results in higher costs due to the need for a special thin-walled socket and wrench.
  2. Typically, this tension system is not as strong as standard hex nuts. In this case, standard tension nuts with pressure bolts cannot replace commercial hex nuts.

 

TENSION NUTS WITH PRESSURE BOLTS PROCESS