structural component

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A component that supports a building’s non-variable forces and weights (dead loads) and variable forces and weights (live loads).

structural component (Wikipedia)

Structural elements are used in structural analysis to split a complex structure into simple elements. Within a structure, an element cannot be broken down (decomposed) into parts of different kinds (e.g., beam or column).

Structural elements can be linear, surfaces or volumes.

Linear elements:

Surface elements:


  • Axial, shear and bending loads for all three dimensions
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