Structural damage identification using system dynamic properties

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A damage detection method is presented for the identification and quantification of damage that leads to a change in the structure's mass and/or stiffness properties. The proposed method requires the use of finite element to model the structure in its undamaged state as well as information on the dynamic properties such as frequencies and mode shapes of the structure in its damaged state. The technique is applicable to any structure that can be accurately modeled using the finite element method and whose frequencies and mode shapes can be reliably measured. A structure pseudo force vector derived from the residual force method is described to locate the damaged regions in the structure. A matrix condensation approach in conjunction with a proportional damage model is then employed to quantify the damage by calculating the change in stiffness and mass properties of the damaged elements in the structure. The validity of the method is demonstrated by applying it to three structures: a beam, a frame and a plate. It is shown that if the amount of damage is not excessively large, the proposed method can be used to detect damage in these structures even when the measured system dynamic properties are slightly erroneous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2185-2196
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number27
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Damage detection
  • Finite element
  • Identification model
  • Severity model
  • Structural dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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