Sensor placement for structural damage detection considering measurement uncertainties

Xiao Qing Zhou, Yong Xia, Hong Hao

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Structural damage detection methods using vibration measurements have been developed for decades. Measurement selections may affect damage detection results, because inevitable uncertainties are involved in vibration testing. A new sensor placement index is defined as the ratio of two parameters, namely, the contribution of measurement points to a Fisher information matrix, and the damage sensitivity to the measurement noise. A large value of the contribution vector represents that the corresponding measurement points are sensitive to the damage and measurements at these points are more prominent for structural damage identification, whereas a small noise sensitivity value indicates measurement points that are less influenced by noises. Consequently, the points with large index values are chosen as the measurement subset. The effectiveness of the proposed technique is verified using a laboratory-tested steel frame. The damage detection using different measurement selection schemes shows that the present technique can identify multiple damages of the structure more accurately. The effect of the measurement number is also investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-908
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Structural Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


  • damage detection
  • sensor placement
  • uncertainty
  • vibration method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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