Beam Type Spring Elements (TYPE13)

Beam type spring elements are defined as property TYPE13 elements. This type of spring element functions as if it were a beam element. The six independent modes of deformation are:
  • Traction / compression
  • Torsion
  • Bending (two modes)
  • Shear (two modes)
Beam type springs only function if their length is not zero. A physical representation of a beam type spring can be seen in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Representation of Beam Type Spring