Empirical mode decomposition of the acceleration response of a prismatic beam subject to a moving load to identify multiple damage locations
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Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) is a technique that converts the measured signal into a number of basic functions known as Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMFs). The EMD-based damage detection algorithm relies on the principle that a sudden loss of stiffness in a structural member will cause a discontinuity in the measured response that can be detected through a distinctive spike in the filtered IMF. Recent studies have shown that applying EMD to the acceleration response, due to the crossing of a constant load over a beam finite element model, can be used to detect a single damaged location. In this paper, the technique is further tested using simulations of a beam with multiple damaged sections. The use of a moving average filter on the acceleration response, prior to applying EMD, is also investigated. A bridge deck is modelled as a series of discretized beam elements where a loss of stiffness is introduced at some random locations. The ability of the EMD algorithm to detect more than one damaged section is analysed for a variety of scenarios including a range of bridge lengths, speeds of the moving load and noise levels. The influence of the number of measurement points and their distance to the damaged locations on the accuracy of the predicted damage is also discussed.
Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology
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International Conference on Structural Engineering Dynamics - ICEDyn 2011, Tavira, Portugal, 20-22 June, 2011
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