List of structural elements


List of structural elements

Structural elements are used in structural analysis to simplify the structure which is to be analysed. An is defined as the simplest part of the whole. Within a structure, an element is a part of the structure which cannot be broken down (decomposed) into parts of different kinds (e.g., beam or column).cite book
last = Waddell
first = J.A.L.
authorlink = John Alexander Low Waddell
title = Bridge Engineering - Volume 2
url = http://books.google.com/books?id=bxAkAAAAMAAJ
accessdate = 2008-08-19
year = 1916
publisher = John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
location = New York
pages = 1958
]

Structural elements can be linear, surfaces or volumes.Fact|date=June 2007

Linear elements:

*Rod - axial loads
*Beam - axial and bending loads
*Column - compressive loads

Surface elements:

*membrane - in-plane loads only
*shell - in plane and bending moments
*shear panel - shear loads only

Volumes:

*Axial, shear and bending loads for all three dimensions


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