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Identification of Nottingham Wilford Bridge modal parameters using wavelet transforms
Author(s): Michele Meo; Giuseppe Zumpano; Xiaolin Meng; Gethin Roberts; Emily Cosser; Alan Dodson
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Paper Abstract

Studies have been conducted on the identification of modal parameters including natural frequencies, damping coefficients and mode shapes of the Nottingham Wilford Bridge using ambient excitation. An approach to estimate modal parameters, from only output data (in the time domain) using the wavelet transform, is presented. Displacements responses of this structural system are used in the wavelet transform to identify its dynamic characteristics. To measure real-time displacement of the bridge a global positioning system (GPS) sensor network was designed and installed on the bridge. The modal properties were extracted using a two-step methodology. In the first step, the random decrement method was used to transform random signals in free vibration responses. Finally, the Eigensystem Realization Algorithm and a Wavelets based technique were used to extract natural frequencies and to determine the mode shapes of the structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5383, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control, (26 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541501
Show Author Affiliations
Michele Meo, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Giuseppe Zumpano, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Xiaolin Meng, Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Gethin Roberts, Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Emily Cosser, Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Alan Dodson, Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5383:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control
Ralph C. Smith, Editor(s)

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