Adaptive damage localization based on locally perturbed dynamic equilibrium and hierarchical clustering

Shancheng Cao, Huajiang Ouyang, Li Cheng

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Pseudo-excitation (PE) method is a recently developed damage identification method for flexible structures containing components like beams, plates and shells. Characterized by the high-order spatial derivatives, the approach has been shown to feature a high sensitivity to local damage. However, two major issues, i.e. susceptibility to measurement noise and unknown material/structural properties, hamper its practical applications. To tackle these problems, an adaptive damage localization method is proposed for plate-type structures, which combines the PE method with hierarchical clustering. In the proposed method, a general dynamic equilibrium model, involving unknown material/structural properties, is statistically identified and further used for damage localization. Moreover, noise-induced effects are quantified by using a hierarchical clustering for performance assessment of damage localization and process optimization of spatial derivative estimation to achieve more accurate damage localization. Meanwhile, a data fusion scheme is developed to avoid blind inspection zones, thus enhancing the capability of damage localization. Both numerical and experimental studies of cantilever plates containing two damage zones are conducted to validate the feasibility and the effectiveness of the proposed adaptive damage localization method. Results demonstrate that the proposed method outperforms the traditional PE method in terms of detection accuracy and robustness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075003
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019


  • Damage localization
  • Hierarchical clustering
  • Local dynamic equilibrium
  • Pseudo-excitation
  • Spatial derivatives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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