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From:	PEC - Lake City [mailto:pec(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Friday, June 25, 1999 2:34 PM
To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject:	Re: Bolts as Fuse Link

While this is not my area of expertise, the following thoughts are offered:
[my responses are bracketed - Jay]

What happens to the dolphin after the bolt shears?  [The dolphin is
destroyed - hopefully absorbing sufficient energy in the process to stop the
ferry.  Obviously, the bolts would be designed to shear during a collision -
not during normal operation.]
Is the docking ferry then no longer functional?  [Ideally the ferry will
still be functional, though the dolphin may not be.]
How easily can the bolt(s) be placed?  [I haven't thought about this detail
yet.  I think bolt replacement can be made pretty easy, if need be.  But the
bolts would seldom or never be replaced.]
Who will be available to determine the bolt has sheared and needs to be
replaced?  [It should be obvious.]
[When I wrote the original message, I was thinking of using the shearing
bolts to absorb energy.  Now it occurs to me that this isn't a very
efficient mechanism - a bar or strut yielding in tension will absorb much

David Finley, P.E.

-----Original Message-----
From: John W. Bryan <jaybryan(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Friday, June 25, 1999 1:14 PM
Subject: Bolts as Fuse Link

>I am designing a dolphin to take impacts from a docking ferry.  I would
>to connect the plum and batter piles with bolts which will act as a fuse
>link, and shear at a certain load.  My question:
>Does anybody out there have, or can you direct me to, a force/displacement
>diagrams for shearing bolts?  This would help because I am concerned with
>(a) the maximum force required, and (b) the energy absorbed.
>Jay Bryan