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Detection of damage in a space truss using modal data
Author(s): Hung-Shi Chen; Vernon C. Matzen
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Paper Abstract

A three-step damage detection procedure using modal data is developed for space trusses. The procedure is based on determining parameters associated with member stiffness matrices using a system identification technique. The first step is the refinement of the matrix using modal data from the undamaged structure. A modal residual vector is then used to determine whether or not damage has occurred. If it has, a minimization scheme is used to determine the parameters for only those members found to have been damaged. An eight-bay, hybrid-scaled truss designed and tested at NASA's Langley Research Center is used to verify the procedure. One damage case is used to illustrate the success of the procedure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2191, Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.173951
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Hung-Shi Chen, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Vernon C. Matzen, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2191:
Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
James S. Sirkis, Editor(s)

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