Inverse substructure method for model updating of structures

Shun Weng, Yong Xia, Xiao Qing Zhou, You Lin Xu, Hong Ping Zhu

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Traditional model updating of large-scale structures is usually time-consuming because the global structural model needs to be repeatedly re-analyzed as a whole to match global measurements. This paper proposes a new substructural model updating method. The modal data measured on the global structure are disassembled to obtain the independent substructural dynamic flexibility matrices under force and displacement compatibility conditions. The method is extended to the case when the measurement is carried out at partial degrees-of-freedom of the structure. The extracted substructural flexibility matrices are then used as references for updating the corresponding substructural models. An orthogonal projector is employed on both the extracted substructural measurements and the substructural models to remove the rigid body modes of the freefree substructures. Compared with the traditional model updating at the global structure level, only the sub-models at the substructural level are re-analyzed in the proposed substructure-based model updating process, resulting in a rapid convergence of optimization. Moreover, only measurement on the local area corresponding to the concerned substructures is required, and those on other components can be avoided. The effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed substructuring method are verified through applications to a laboratory-tested frame structure and a large-scale 600 m tall Guangzhou New TV Tower. The present technique is referred to as the inverse substructuring model updating method as the measured global modal data are disassembled into the substructure level and then the updating is conducted on the substructures only. This differs from the substructuring model updating method previously proposed by the authors, in which the model updating is still conducted in the global level and the numerical global modal data are assembled from those of substructures. That can be referred to as the forward substructuring model updating method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5449-5468
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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