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Statistical transfer matrix-based damage localization and quantification for civil structures

  • Bhuyan, Md Delwar Hossain
Publication Date
Nov 23, 2017
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Vibration-based damage localization has become an important issue for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). Particularly, the Stochastic Dynamic Damage Locating Vector (SDDLV) method is an output-only damage localization method based on both a Finite Element (FE) model of the structure and modal parameters estimated from output-only measurements in the reference and damaged states of the system, interrogating changes in the transfer matrix. Firstly, the SDDLV method has been extended with a joint statistical approach for multiple mode sets, overcoming the theoretical limitation on the number of modes in previous works. Another problem is that the performance of the method can change considerably depending on the Laplace variable where the transfer function is evaluated. Particular attention is given to this choice and how to optimize it. Secondly, the Influence Line Damage Location (ILDL) approach which is complementary to the SDDLV approach has been extended with a statistical framework. Thirdly, a sensitivity approach for small damages has been developed based on the transfer matrix difference, allowing damage localization through statistical tests in a Gaussian framework, and in addition the quantification of the damage in a second step. Finally, the proposed methods are validated on numerical simulations and their performances are tested extensively in numerous case studies on lab experiments.

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