Application of the Hilbert-Huang Transform for Identification of Changes in Boundary Conditions of a Bridge Using Vibration Data due to Traffic

Title: Application of the Hilbert-Huang Transform for Identification of Changes in Boundary Conditions of a Bridge Using Vibration Data due to Traffic
Authors: González, Arturo
Aied, Hussein
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6583
Date: Jul-2013
Abstract: The translational restraints associated to pin and rocker bearings are typically idealized in the form of fixed and free conditions. However, elastomeric bearings need to be represented with springs to reasonably predict the time- and frequency-domain response of bridges under traffic-induced vibrations. Therefore, changes in the response of these bearings are common as a result of aging, deterioration, variation in loading levels and/or environmental changes. The latter makes difficult to discern if changes in the frequency content of the structural response to ambient vibration are due to changes in temperature, changes in normal operational loads or the occurrence of damage. In this paper, the bridge is idealized by a beam model supported on a hysteretic translational sprung support. The purpose is twofold: (a) to gather a better understanding of the variations of the bridge response with bearing performance; and (b) to be able to quickly identify an anomaly in the bearing. Empirical Mode Decomposition and the Hilbert-Huang Transform are employed to capture changes in the bearing stiffness from the bridge response.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Trans Tech Publications
Keywords: Boundary conditions;Bearings;Non-linear dynamics;Bridge
DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.569-570.892
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: 10th International Conference on Damage Assessment of Structures (DAMAS 2013), Dublin, Ireland, July 8-10, 2013.
Appears in Collections:Earth Institute Research Collection
Civil Engineering Research Collection

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