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Bicoherence-based structural health monitoring of fixed offshore structures
Author(s): A. J. Hillis; C. R. P. Courtney
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Paper Abstract

Structural integrity management is key to the safe and economic operation of offshore structures. Presently, regular manual inspections are conducted. This is expensive, time consuming, and prone to human error. This paper investigates the possibility of using the bicoherence function of the measured structural acceleration to provide automatic early detection of damage in an offshore structure. The method is shown to be insensitive to typical operating parameter variations and to variations in wave excitation force, and demonstrates that very small changes in stiffness of individual structural members are detectable from measurements of global structural motion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7650, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2010, 76502C (8 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.846094
Show Author Affiliations
A. J. Hillis, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)
C. R. P. Courtney, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7650:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2010
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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