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Sensor validation for smart structures
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Paper Abstract

Structures with a large number of embedded sensors are becoming more common, and this refined spatial information can be used to advantage in damage location and model validation. These sensors could be accelerometers, strain gauges, piezoceramic patches, PVDF film sensors, or optical fibre sensors. This approach requires that the sensors are function correctly, which on a smart structure operating in the field should be continuous and automatically monitored. This paper considers possible approaches to sensor validation, based on the assumption that a model of the structure is available. The aim is to make use of the natural data redundancy since there will more sensors than modes in the data. The validation approaches considered are based on hypothesis testing based on a number of techniques, such as modal filtering. The methods are demonstrated on simple examples that exercise their strengths and weaknesses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4073, Fifth European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, (24 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.396393
Show Author Affiliations
Michael I. Friswell, Univ. of Wales Swansea (United Kingdom)
Daniel J. Inman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4073:
Fifth European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials
Pierre Francois Gobin; Clifford M. Friend, Editor(s)

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