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Structural damage detection using sensitivity-enhancing feedback control through eigenstructure assignment
Author(s): L. J. Jiang; J. Tang; K. W. Wang
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Paper Abstract

Damage identification using the information of natural frequency shift (before and after damage occurrence) has been studied extensively. For a closed-loop system, the sensitivity of natural frequency shift to structural parameter variation is related to both the closed-loop eigenvalues and eigenvectors. With multiple control inputs/actuators, one may have the freedom of assigning closed-loop eigenvalues as well as eigenvectors by using singular value decomposition (SVD) based eigenstructure assignment technique. In this research, we formulate an algorithm to optimally assign the eigenvalues and eigenvectors that yield enhanced closed-loop natural frequency sensitivity, which leads to improved damage detection performance. Meanwhile, by activating different combinations of the multiple actuators in such system, we may develop a series of closed-loop controls for the same monitored structure for sensitivity enhancement. These multiple closed-loop controls utilizing the same set of hardware will result in a much enlarged dataset of frequency-shift information for damage identification. This proposed methodology can simultaneously solve the two main issues in frequency shift based damage identification: low sensitivity and deficiency of measurement data. Numerical studies on a benchmark beam structure demonstrate that the sensitivity of natural frequency changes to small stiffness reduction due to damage can be significantly enhanced, whereas the optimal assignment of eigenvectors plays a very important role. The effect of measurement noise on the performance of the proposed damage detection method is evaluated. Our analyses show that, by using this proposed approach, the location and severity of the structural damage can be successfully identified with much improved performance even in the presence of significant measurement noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2006
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 6174, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems, 617428 (11 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.658174
Show Author Affiliations
L. J. Jiang, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
J. Tang, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
K. W. Wang, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6174:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Victor Giurgiutiu, Editor(s)

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