I am trying to use computer modelling to see stress. I want to compare it to my hand calculation, which uses the frusta cone method to find the stiffness of the joint. This way, I can check my calculation in a conceptual way. The model includes a nylon insert nut, a threaded rod, a washer and a joint (some people refer to the joint as a member). I wanted to model these parts as solid for realism. The member is made of three plates. Only the plate furthest from the washer is threaded. The results that I get using ANSYS 14.5 are garbage and I cannot understand why (see the attachments for the model, boundary conditions and results). All contacts are set to 'bonded'. There should be a cone of stress, less at the top member, more to the middle, less at the bottom member. Please help. Here is the model (630 kB): https://www.dropbox.com/s/50od9jnfx507s8u/model.zip?dl=0 or use: http://www.filedropper.com/model_3 [Broken] Will a threaded rod / washer / nylon insert nut / threaded member actually produce a clamping force? Its hard to picture that in my mind. Does the following equation apply to this situation: F = 0.75 * Sp Where F is the preload tension, resulting from the nut being tightened on the threaded rod. Where Sp is the proof strength of the stud. T = KDF Where T is the Torque required to produce the force that clamps the assembly together Where K is the nut factor Where F is defined as before. Thanks.