Characterizing damage in plate structures based on local perturbance to dynamic equilibrium

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Although vibration-based damage detection has been practiced over the years with demonstrated success, such a technique may suffer from some bottlenecks including strong dependence on benchmarks, baseline signals or pre-developed global models, needs of additional excitation sources, excessive susceptivity to boundary conditions but less sensitivity to damage until it reach a noticeable level. A novel damage identification approach was developed by examining the local perturbance to structural equilibrium characteristics described by higher-order spatial derivatives. To reduce the influence of measurement noise on identification accuracy during obtaining higher-order spatial derivatives, two de-noising options were proposed including applying a wavenumber-based signal filtering and appropriately adjusting measurement configuration, to enhance the capacity of noise-tolerance of the method. The developed approach was experimentally validated by detecting damage in a plate component of a structural system with irregular boundaries, showing satisfactory results in pinpointing the damage. In principle the method is applicable to complex systems comprising various structural components such as beams, plates and shells, provided that the local equilibrium relationship for the component under current inspection is known a prior.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Health Monitoring 2011
Subtitle of host publicationCondition-Based Maintenance and Intelligent Structures - Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event8th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2011: Condition-Based Maintenance and Intelligent Structures - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: 13 Sep 201115 Sep 2011


Conference8th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2011: Condition-Based Maintenance and Intelligent Structures
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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