This paper presents the results of the assembly of a gasketed bolted flange joint employing the torque control of preload method using nonlinear finite element analysis. It has been observed that bolt preload scatter due to elastic interactions, flange stress variation, bolt bending due to flange rotation and gasket contact stress variation are very difficult to eliminate when using the torque control method. The behaviour of a gasketed joint using two different target torque values is discussed in detail.

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