Using torque tools, such as nutrunners or hydraulic torque wrenches, you turn the nut. As the nut turns, it stretches the stud. The torque setting for the tool translates into load on the connection. When the tools are used following the appropriate specifications for lubrication, coating and other factors, a desired clamp force can be produced.
With tensioners, the action is not directly on the nut, rather tension is applied directly to the stud in order to produce stretch. Once the prestretch is achieved, the nut can be tightened. Once the pressure is released the nut holds the load on the bolt. This produces the clamp force. Multiple tensioners can be used together to provide even load when tightening. Hydraulic bolt tensioners have a footprint and thread height requirement.
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