ITH Tension Nut
 
ITH Tension Nut

Extending the required projecting thread for to use the hydraulic, torsion- and friction-free tensioning. Existing bolts can remain.

Tension Nut type TN

ITH Tension Nut with extra mounting clamp

Tightening bolted connections with ITH Tension Nuts

  • Easy subsitution of existing standard nuts

Achieving the required projecting thread

  • Using the hydraulic tensioning method (using ITH Bolt Tensioning Cylinders), a certain projecting thread above the nut is required
  • If this projecting thread is not available the ITH Tension Nuts extend the thread to its required length. Existing bolts do not have to be replaced.When retrofitting bolt connections to hydraulic tensioning

Design

  • Three main components, based on the differntial thread principle

Applications

  • High temperature areas
  • Foundation bolts (anchor rods)
    can easily be retrofitted to hydraulic tensioning
 

Function, application and technical data of the ITH Tension Nut

Application
Function
Advantages
FEM-design
Technical data
Tension Nuts TN 36 - retrofitting foundation bolts of a wind turbine 
Tension Nut TN 140 applied on a rolling machine 
Tension Nuts TN 72 on a gasturbine in detail 
Tension Nut TN 72 on a gasturbine 
Tension Nuts TN 36 - retrofitting foundation bolts of a wind turbine
Tension Nuts TN 36 - retrofitting foundation bolts of a wind turbine

Retrofitting foundation bolts with ITH Tension Nuts

On this application conventional nuts of anchor rods of a wind turbine are replaced with ITH Tension Nuts TN 36 (retrofitting). It has become standard to tighten foundation bolts with the hydraulic, friction- and torsion-free tensioning method (ITH Stretch-Method).

The reason for this is that especially foundation bolts are affected negatively from bending and torsion effects which occur when tightening bolts by torquing. In worst case these effects can lead to a collapse of the bolt connection.

A safe and reliable solution to tighten and loosen anchor bolts is to use ITH Bolt Tensioning Cylinders. Together with the use of ITH Tension Nuts, existing bolts can be kept and do not have to be replaced when retrofitting bolt connections.

Tension Nut TN 140 applied on a rolling machine
Tension Nut TN 140 applied on a rolling machine

By its compact and stress-optimized design Tension Nuts can be used in tight application areas, like this Tension Nut TN 140 on the bolted connection of a rolling machine. This Tension Nut was tightened with 3,500 kN.

Tension Nuts TN 72 on a gasturbine in detail
Tension Nuts TN 72 on a gasturbine in detail

These Tension Nuts type TN 72 are equipped with radial boreholes inside of the pressure sleve to run them down. The Tension Nuts have been tensioned with 1,900 Nm.

Tension Nut TN 72 on a gasturbine
Tension Nut TN 72 on a gasturbine

ITH Tension Nuts are ready for the use in high-temperature areas like on the bolt connections of this gasturbine (operating temperature ca. 550°C). On this application the pressure sleve of the Tension Nut can be run down easily with an adjusting stick. The stick reaches the pressure sleve through a window within the support of the Bolt Tensioning Cylinder.

 
 
Tension Nuts TN 36 - retrofitting foundation bolts of a wind turbine
Das ITH-Lieferprogramm umfasst sämtliche Werkzeuge. Ziehende und drehende Werk- zeuge, Mutternsprenger, Handwerkzeuge, Drehwinkel-Tools und vieles mehr...
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Tension Nut TN 140 applied on a rolling machine
Das ITH-Lieferprogramm umfasst sämtliche Werkzeuge. Ziehende und drehende Werk- zeuge, Mutternsprenger, Handwerkzeuge, Drehwinkel-Tools und vieles mehr...
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Tension Nuts TN 72 on a gasturbine in detail
Das ITH-Lieferprogramm umfasst sämtliche Werkzeuge. Ziehende und drehende Werk- zeuge, Mutternsprenger, Handwerkzeuge, Drehwinkel-Tools und vieles mehr...
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Tension Nut TN 72 on a gasturbine
Das ITH-Lieferprogramm umfasst sämtliche Werkzeuge. Ziehende und drehende Werk- zeuge, Mutternsprenger, Handwerkzeuge, Drehwinkel-Tools und vieles mehr...
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Three main components of the ITH Tension Nut

The ITH Tension Nut consists of 3 main components:

  1. Tensioning sleeve
  2. Pressure sleeve
    can be hexagon, two-flat design or with radial bored holes
  3. Pressure disk

Function and design

The method by which the three-part patented ITH Tension Nut works is based on the principle of a differential thread. A special threaded sleeve (tensioning sleeve) which is bolted onto the bolt transmits the axial pre-tensioning force from the bolt via the sleeve to the pressure disk and then to the flange.

This causes axial stretching of the boltwhich means that no additional torsion or other stresses can occur in the bolt. This causes purely axial stretching of the bolt. The pressure sleeve is then turned into position by a gear wheel block on the Bolt Tensioning Cylinder or by an adjusting stick.

During the process no bending or torsion effects are applied on the bolt.

Usage togehter with ITH Bolt Tensioning Cylinders

Bolts which are pre-tensioned by the hydraulic, friction- and torsion-free ITH Stretch-Method require a thread projection of 0.8 to 1.0 x thread diameter above the nut. In case this projecting thread does not exist the bolts in place would have to be replaced by longer ones.

The ITH Tension Nuts have the effect to extend the projecting thread to its required lentgh. Existing nuts can easily be replaced by the Tension Nuts. The existing bolts do not have to be replaced.

Advantages of the application in high-temperature areas

With the ITH Tension Nuts the bolt is stretched only in an axial direction. This means that the ITH Tension Nuts are ideal for joints which are subjected to high temperatures because (in contrast to the torque process) the static friction does not have to be overcome when bolts are loosened.

When the torque process is used with bolt joints which are subject to thermal stresses, a torque has to be applied which is between 2.5 and 4 times greater, depending on the temperature in question to open the bolt. This can lead to serious damages to the hardware that they have to be replaced, thereby creating additional costs. In addition, the torque tool is often damaged by the sudden release of energy
during loosening (additional cost).

Stress-optimized design by finite element method

The patented ITH Tension Nut produces better distribution of stresses inside of the bolt. In contrast to conventional nuts, the use of the patented ITH Tension Nut considerably improves the fatigue strength of the bolt.
Through the special thread of the tensioning sleeve and the geometric arrangement, a very even distribution of stresses is achieved in the components of the patented ITH Tension Nuts. All patented ITH Tension Nuts have been designed due to the analysis with the finite element method (FEM).

Dimensions of the ITH Tension Nut

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Tension Nut type TN

IHT tension nut Specifications

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ITH Tension Nut: Relating products and solutions

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