Use of stochastic optimization techniques for damage detection in complex nonlinear systems
Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2531, USA
In this study, the performance of stochastic optimization techniques in the finite element model updating approach was investigated for damage detection in a quarter-scale two-span reinforced concrete bridge system which was tested experimentally at the University of Nevada, Reno. The damage sequence in the structure was induced by a range of progressively increasing excitations in the transverse direction of the specimen. Intermediate non-destructive white noise excitations and response measurements were used for system identification and damage detection purposes. It is shown that, when evaluated together with the strain gauge measurements and visual inspection results, the applied finite element model updating algorithm on this complex nonlinear system could accurately detect, localize, and quantify the damage in the tested bridge columns throughout the different phases of the experiment.
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