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Damage detection in smart structures through sensitivity-enhancing feedback control
Author(s): Laura R. Ray; Lei Tian
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the use of state feedback control to enhance the sensitivity of modal frequencies to local damage is introduced. The method is intended for smart structures, which embody self-actuation and self-sensing capabilities. A simple example introduces the principle of sensitivity enhancing control for a single degree-of-freedom structure. Then, the method is applied to a finite element model of a cantilevered beam to demonstrate the magnitude of sensitivity enhancement achievable for modest, local damage. Methods of implementing state estimate feedback using point measurements of strain along the beam are described, and initial experiments demonstrating sensitivity enhancement for the cantilevered beam are reported. Results show that enhancement in sensitivity of modal frequencies of vibration to damage can be achieved using a single piezoceramic actuator and multiple piezoelectric strain sensors along the beam. The same sensor-actuator configuration can be used for vibration suppression or other control tasks, providing `dual use' smart structure sensors and actuators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3668, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (9 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350711
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Laura R. Ray, Dartmouth College (United States)
Lei Tian, Dartmouth College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3668:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Norman M. Wereley, Editor(s)

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