Udilovich, Konstantin V. Thornton-Tomasetti, Engineers, New York, New York.
Lew, I. Paul Thornton-Tomasetti, Engineers, New York, New York.
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- Structural behavior
- Planar trusses
- Space trusses
- Structural analysis
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A compound structural element with members joined at their ends to form a stable structural assembly. The subelements of the truss are arranged to maximize the efficiency of material use, usually in a series of triangles. If all the members lie in one plane, the truss is called a planar truss or a plane truss (Fig. 1). If the members extend through three dimensions, the truss is called a space truss or three-dimensional truss.
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