System identification and structural damage detection: EMD + HT approach

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Abstract

Urban centers display complex interactions between diverse large civil engineering structures and harsh environments such as strong winds and severe earthquakes. The large stock of civil engineering structures under harsh environments will have such problems as physical aging and deterioration, functional obsolescence, high-cost of maintenance, and structural failure. There is a practical and urgent need for effective and reliable system identification and structural damage detection methods to evaluate the structures. This paper summaries research work recently carried out at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in system identification and structural damage detection using empirical mode decomposition (EMD) and Hubert transform (HT) approach. The research work includes identification and characterization of turbulent winds over complex terrain using EMD, identification of varying dynamic characteristics oftall buildings and long span bridges subject to strong winds using EMD + HT, and damage detection of sudden change of structural stiffness using EMD. These research activities involve not only analytical studies but also laboratory investigations and field measurements. The research results show that the EMD + HT approach is a promising method in system identification and structural damage detection although full understanding of this method has not been reached yet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Health Monitoring and Intelligent Infrastructure - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, SHMII 2005
Pages207-217
Number of pages11
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Event2nd International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, SHMII 2005 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: 16 Nov 200518 Nov 2005

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, SHMII 2005
CountryChina
CityShenzhen
Period16/11/0518/11/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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