Analysis of dynamic characteristics of the Canton Tower under different earthquakes

H. Li, J. K. Liu, W. H. Chen, Z. R. Lu, Yong Xia, Yiqing Ni

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This paper presents the experimental modal analysis of the Canton Tower from the ambient vibration measurements under different earthquake excitation conditions. Firstly, the time history and Power Spectral Density (PSD) of the acceleration response under different earthquake excitations have been compared. Secondly, two output-only modal identification techniques are applied to the field measurements under earthquake excitations to identify the dynamic properties of the tower, namely, the Frequency Domain Decomposition (FDD) and the Subspace Stochastic Identification (SSI). At last, the Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) method is applied to obtain the instantaneous frequencies and energy distribution under different loadings in the time-frequency domain and the results are compared with those from wavelet transform. The modal properties of the Canton Tower presented in this paper can be used as baseline for structural health monitoring and the analysis of dynamic characteristic of the high-rise structures under different earthquake excitations in future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1087-1100
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Structural Engineering
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Ambient measurement
  • High-rise structure
  • Modal identification
  • Time-frequency analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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