Discretization refers to the process of translating the material domain of an object-based model into an analytical model suitable for analysis. In structural analysis, discretization may involve either of two basic analytical-model types, including:

Division of frame elements

While the discretization of an object-based model is always critical (in that discretization facilitates analysis), there are conditions in which it is also important to divide frame elements into multiple segments such that accurate results are generated.

It is useful to subdivide frame elements for the following analysis types:

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