Structural elements :They are used in structural analysis to convert a complex structureinto simple elements. Within a structure, an element cannot be broken (decomposed) into different parts (e.g., beam or column). Structural elements can be linear, surfaces or volumes.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS:
In Linear elements we have different types of elements.They are:
1) Rod-it is cylindercial shaped bar,with curvilinear shapes
2) Beam-it is may be the form of cylindercial (or) rectangular shape which bears loads
3) Struts-this are used in automobiles for shock absortion
4) Wire ropes-it is a cylindercial shaped sturcutre which is flxiblie
In Surface elements we have different types of elements.They are: