Using the connection-type library

Each connection type is described in the connection-type library. Each library entry includes a figure, which relates the physical behavior to the idealized model and defines the local coordinate directions. Following the figure, each library entry defines kinematic constraints; constraint forces and moments internal to the connection; components of relative motion available for defining the connector behavior, connector motion, or connector loads (called available components); and kinetic forces and moments conjugate to the available components of relative motion. If appropriate, a discussion of the predicted Coulomb-like friction in the connection is included. Finally, the connection type is summarized in a table.

The following topics are discussed:

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Connector elements
Connector element library
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