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An analytical element used to simulate one-way compression-only behavior. A gap can be closed and in compression. In addition to the compression, it can then conduct (or not conduct) shearing stress depending on whether or not the gap is sliding. When open, the gap does not participate in the structure stiffness. Typical uses of gap elements in modeling include beams on elastic foundation and the contact of two initially unconnected regions.