Three-dimensional Frames

  • Mario Paz


The stiffness method for dynamic analysis of frames presented in Chapter 15 for plane frames and in Chapter 16 for grids can readily be expanded for the analysis of three-dimensional space frames. Although for the plane frame or for the grid there were only three nodal coordinates at each joint, the three-dimensional frame has a total of six possible nodal displacements at each unconstrained joint: three translations along the x, y, z axes and three rotations about these axes. Consequently, a beam element of a three-dimensional frame or a space frame has for its two joints a total of 12 nodal coordinates; hence the resulting element matrices will be of dimension 12 × 12.


Beam Element Mass Matrice Global System Local Axis Space Frame 
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Paz
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  1. 1.University of LouisvilleUSA

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