Space trusses are three-dimensional structures with longitudinal members connected at their ends by hinges assumed to be frictionless. The loads on space trusses are applied only at the nodes or joints, thus the self-weight is allocated for each element at its two ends joining other elements of the truss. The conditions imposed on space trusses are certainly the same as those on plane trusses. Essentially, the only difference in the analysis of space trusses compared with plane trusses is that an element of a space truss has three nodal coordinates at each node while an element of a plane truss has only two.
KeywordsAxial Force Nodal Displacement Direction Cosine Element Stiffness Matrix Truss Element
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