Connector elastic behavior

Spring-like elastic connector behavior:

  • can be defined in any connector with available components of relative motion;

  • can be specified for each available component of relative motion independently, in which case the behavior can be linear or nonlinear;

  • can be specified as dependent on relative positions or constitutive motions in several local directions; and

  • can be specified for all available components of relative motion as coupled linear elastic behavior.

Alternatively, rigid-like behavior can be specified in any of the available components of relative motion using an automatically chosen stiff spring.

The directions in which the forces and moments act and the displacements and rotations are measured are determined by the local directions as described in Connection types for each connection type.

The following topics are discussed:

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