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Element 2D



Elements in GSA are geometrical objects used for Analysis. Elements must be split at intersections with other elements to connect to each other or 'node out'.

In Grasshopper, an Element2D parameter is a collection of 2D Elements (mesh faces representing Quad or Triangle Elements) used for FE analysis. In GSA a 2D element is just a single face, but for Rhino performance reasons we have made the Element2D parameter a mesh that can contain more than one Element/Face.

Refer to Elements to read more.


Icon Type Name Description
IntegerParamInteger ListNumberElement Number
MeshParamMeshAnalysis MeshAnalysis Mesh
Property2dParamProperty 2D List2D Property2D Property. Input either a GSA 2D Property or an Integer to use a Property already defined in model
IntegerParamInteger ListGroupElement Group
TextParamText ListElement TypeElement 2D Type.
Type can not be set; it is either Tri3 or Quad4
depending on Rhino/Grasshopper mesh face type
OffsetParamOffset ListOffsetElement Offset
NumberParamNumber ListOrientation AngleElement Orientation Angle in radians
TextParamText ListNameSet Element Name
ColourParamColour ListColourElement Colour
BooleanParamBoolean ListDummy Elementif Element is Dummy
IntegerParamInteger ListParent MembersParent Member IDs in Model that Element was created from
IntegerParamInteger ListTopologythe Element's original topology list referencing node IDs in Model that Element was created from

Note: the above properties can be retrieved using the Edit 2D Element component