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Health monitoring of complex structures
Author(s): Mohammed M. Ettouney; Raymond P. Daddazio; Adam Hapij; Amr Aly
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Paper Abstract

A basic step in the monitoring of health of any structure is detection of damage levels and location of the damage in the system. Several damage detection schemes have been proposed in recent years. Published applications of these methods are typically for simplified models of realistic structures. This leaves open the question of the accuracy and efficiency of the available damage detection methods when applied to large and complex structural models. This paper will investigate the accuracy of different damage detection techniques to complex structural models. A typical multi- jointed steel bridge, which is damaged by cracks of different sizes, is considered. The damage will be simulated analytically in the structural model, and the damage detection algorithms will be applied to both the damaged and the undamaged structures. Three damage detection algorithms are investigated, namely the change of stiffness, the change of flexibility and the damage index methods. Some modifications and extensions of the change of stiffness and change of flexibility methods were incorporated in this study. These extensions helped inaccurate comparisons between different methods. It was found that all three algorithms produced adequate damage detection results. More analytical studies are recommended. Also, experimental testing for complex structures is recommended.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3326, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (16 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.310651
Show Author Affiliations
Mohammed M. Ettouney, Weidlinger Associates Inc. (United States)
Raymond P. Daddazio, Weidlinger Associates Inc. (United States)
Adam Hapij, Weidlinger Associates Inc. (United States)
Amr Aly, Weidlinger Associates Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3326:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Janet M. Sater, Editor(s)

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