Adaptive Reconstruction of a Dynamic Force Using Multiscale Wavelet Shape Functions

Wen Yu He, Yang Wang, Songye Zhu

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The shape function-based method is one of the very promising time-domain methods for dynamic force reconstruction, because it can significantly reduce the number of unknowns and shorten the reconstruction time. However, it is challenging to determine the optimum time unit length that can balance the tradeoff between reconstruction accuracy and efficiency in advance. To address this challenge, this paper develops an adaptive dynamic force reconstruction method based on multiscale wavelet shape functions and time-domain deconvolution. A concentrated dynamic force is discretized into units in time domain and the local force in each unit is approximated by wavelet scale functions at an initial scale. Subsequently, the whole response matrix is formulated by assembling the responses induced by the wavelet shape function forces of all time units which are calculated by the structural finite element model (FEM). Then, the wavelet shape function-based force-response equation is established for force reconstruction. Finally, the scale of the force-response equation is lifted by refining the wavelet shape function with high-scale wavelets and dynamic responses with more point data to improve the reconstruction accuracy gradually. Numerical examples of different structural types are analyzed to verify the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8213105
JournalShock and Vibration
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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