The structural stiffness matrix can now be assembled. Whilst the structure has a total of 9 dof., only 3 are active, the remaining 6 dof. are suppressed corresponding to the statement in the question regarding the ends being fully restrained. The node numbering adopted in Fig. 9.40 simplifies the stiffness assembly, whereby the first 3x3 submatrix terms for both elements are assembled in the first 3x3 locations of the structural stiffness matrix; these being the only terms associated with the active dofs. It follows that rearrangement is unnecessary, prior to partitioning. The necessary structural governing equations and hence the required structural stiffness matrix are therefore given as

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