Sparse Bayesian learning for structural damage detection under varying temperature conditions

Rongrong Hou, Xiaoyou Wang, Qi Xia, Yong Xia

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Structural damage detection inevitably entails uncertainties, such as measurement noise and modelling errors. The existence of uncertainties may cause incorrect damage detection results. In addition, varying environmental conditions, especially temperature, may have a more significant effect on structural responses than structural damage does. Neglecting the temperature effects may make reliable damage detection difficult. In this study, a new vibration based damage detection technique that simultaneously considers the uncertainties and varying temperature conditions is developed in the sparse Bayesian learning framework. The structural vibration properties are treated as the function of both the damage parameter and varying temperature. The temperature effects on the vibration properties are incorporated into the Bayesian model updating on the basis of the quantitative relation between temperature and natural frequencies. The structural damage parameter and associated hyper-parameters are then solved through the iterative expectation–maximization technique. An experimental frame is utilized to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed damage detection method. The sparse damage is located and quantified correctly by considering the varying temperature conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106965
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • Expectation–maximization
  • Sparse Bayesian learning
  • Structural damage detection
  • Temperature effects
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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