Conceptual damage-sensitive features for structural health monitoring: Laboratory and field demonstrations
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Mech. Syst. Signal Proc.
structural health monitoring; modal flexibility; modal curvature; damage; detection; dynamics; PARAMETER-ESTIMATION; MODAL FLEXIBILITY; IDENTIFICATION; ISSUES; BRIDGE; Engineering, Mechanical
The use of damage-sensitive features to evaluate structural condition or health is a very critical aspect of structural health monitoring. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential of two different damage-sensitive features for detecting damage. Different damage scenarios are simulated on a large-scale laboratory structure and a three-span highway bridge for demonstration. The features presented in this paper are the modal flexibility-based deflection and curvature both of which are obtained directly from dynamic properties. In the literature, flexibility associated with mode shapes and mode shapes curvatures have been mostly explored. In this study, multi-input-multi-output dynamic data are used to obtain modal flexibility, which is a close approximation to the actual flexibility. A main novelty is that the curvature is calculated from the deflected shapes using the modal flexibility as opposed to using modal vectors. In this paper, the theory of the methodology is explained and then experimental studies and results are presented. For the experimental studies, the laboratory specimen and the three-span bridge were gradually damaged. It is shown that both deflection and curvature are conceptual and physically meaningful features for damage detection and localization. The issues and the requirements for these features to perform successfully are also presented. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing
"Conceptual damage-sensitive features for structural health monitoring: Laboratory and field demonstrations" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 181.