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An overview of modal-based damage identification methods

By C.R. Farrar and S.W. Doebling


This paper provides an overview of methods that examine changes in measured vibration response to detect, locate, and characterize damage in structural and mechanical systems. The basic idea behind this technology is that modal parameters (notably frequencies, mode shapes, and modal damping) are functions of the physical properties of the structure (mass, damping, and stiffness). Therefore, changes in the physical properties will cause detectable changes in the modal properties. The motivation for the development of this technology is first provided. The methods are then categorized according to various criteria such as the level of damage detection provided, model-based vs. non-model-based methods and linear vs. nonlinear methods. This overview is limited to methods that can be adapted to a wide range of structures (i.e., are not dependent on a particular assumed model form for the system such as beam-bending behavior and methods and that are not based on updating finite element models). Next, the methods are described in general terms including difficulties associated with their implementation and their fidelity. Past, current and future-planned applications of this technology to actual engineering systems are summarized. The paper concludes with a discussion of critical issues for future research in the area of modal-based damage identification

Topics: Research Programs, Pattern Recognition, Nondestructive Testing, Frequency Analysis, Damage, Mechanical Structures, Mechanical Vibrations, 42 Engineering Not Included In Other Categories
Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Year: 1997
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Provided by: UNT Digital Library
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