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Section: New Results

Damage detection and localization

Model sensitivity clustering for damage localization

Participants : Michael Doehler, Laurent Mevel.

The purpose of this paper is the development of a working damage localization method that is applicable on real data from complex structures. To achieve this goal, robust hypothesis tests are used, the sensitivity computation of the previously published residual is revisited for more precision thanks to reduced modal truncation errors, and an adequate clustering approach is proposed for the case of a high-dimensional FE parameterization for complex structures. Finally, an application of this framework is shown for the first time on experimental data for damage localization, namely in an ambient vibration test of a 3D steel frame at the University of British Columbia. [16]

Robustness to temperature changes for damage localization

Participants : Laurent Mevel, Michael Doehler, Alexander Mendler.

For structures in operation, temperature has been shown to be a major nuisance to the efficiency of such methods since the modal parameters are varying not only with damage but also due to temperature variations. For detection, environmental variation is hardly taken into account in localization approaches. In this paper, we propose a sensitivity-based correction of the identified modal parameters in the damaged state with respect to the temperature field in the reference state, based on a sensitivity analysis with respect to temperature dependent parameters of the finite element model in the reference state. The approach is then applied to the Stochastic Dynamic Damage Locating Vector (SDDLV) method, where its improved performance under non-uniform temperature variations is shown in a numerical application on a beam. [18], [26]

Robustness to temperature changes for damage detection

Participants : Laurent Mevel, Michael Doehler, Qinghua Zhang, Eva Viefhues.

Temperature affected vibration data is evaluated with a stochastic damage detection method, which relies on a null space based residual. A new approach is proposed, using model interpolation, where a global reference model is obtained from data in the reference state at several reference temperatures. Then, for a particular testing temperature, a local reference model is derived from the global reference model. Thus, a well fitting reference null space for the formulation of the residual is available when new data is tested for damage at arbitrary temperatures. Particular attention is paid to the computation of the residual's covariance, taking into account the uncertainty related to the null space estimate. This improves the test performance, resulting in a high probability of detection (PoD) of the new interpolation approach for global and local damages compared to previous approaches. [37]