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Nonlinear structural finite element model updating and uncertainty quantification
Author(s): Hamed Ebrahimian; Rodrigo Astroza; Joel P. Conte
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a framework for nonlinear finite element (FE) model updating, in which state-of-the-art nonlinear structural FE modeling and analysis techniques are combined with the maximum likelihood estimation method (MLE) to estimate time-invariant parameters governing the nonlinear hysteretic material constitutive models used in the FE model of the structure. The estimation uncertainties are evaluated based on the Cramer–Rao lower bound (CRLB) theorem. A proof-of-concept example, consisting of a cantilever steel column representing a bridge pier, is provided to verify the proposed nonlinear FE model updating framework.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9437, Structural Health Monitoring and Inspection of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, and Civil Infrastructure 2015, 943716 (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084541
Show Author Affiliations
Hamed Ebrahimian, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Rodrigo Astroza, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Univ. de Los Andes (Chile)
Joel P. Conte, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9437:
Structural Health Monitoring and Inspection of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, and Civil Infrastructure 2015
Peter J. Shull, Editor(s)

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