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Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering

Front Arch Civil Eng Chin    2011, Vol. 5 Issue (1) : 112-120
Experimental study of structural damage identification based on modal parameters and decay ratio of acceleration signals
Zhigen WU, Guohua LIU(), Zihua ZHANG
College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
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A novel damage assessment method based on the decay ratio of acceleration signals (DRAS) was proposed. Two experimental tests were used to show the efficiency. Three beams were gradually damaged, and then the changes of dynamic parameters were monitored from initial to failure state. In addition, a new method was compared with the linear modal-based damage assessment using wavelet transform (WT). The results clearly show that DRAS increases in linear elasticity state and microcrack propagation state, while DRAS decreases in macrocrack propagation state. Preliminary analysis was developed considering the beat phenomenon in the nonlinear state to explain the turn point of DRAS. With better sensibility of damage than modal parameters, probably DRAS is a promising damage indicator in damage assessment.

Keywords damage assessment      decay ratio of acceleration signals (DRAS)      wavelet transform (WT)      modal analysis      reinforced concrete beam      beat phenomenon     
Corresponding Author(s): LIU Guohua,   
Issue Date: 05 March 2011
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Zhigen WU,Guohua LIU,Zihua ZHANG. Experimental study of structural damage identification based on modal parameters and decay ratio of acceleration signals[J]. Front Arch Civil Eng Chin, 2011, 5(1): 112-120.
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Fig.1  Geometry and dimensions of the test beam/mm
Fig.2  Load and accelerometers location
Fig.3  Reinforced concrete beam test setup. (a) Beam 1; (b) beam 2 and beam 3
Fig.4  Loading and boundary conditions in static test setup. (a) Beam 2; (b) beam 3
Fig.5  Specimens 1-1, defect sizes 2-2, 3-3
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Tab.1  Load stage values and records of cracks
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Tab.2  Cracks record of beam 3
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Tab.3  Cracks record of beam 1
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Tab.4  Cracks record of beam 2
Fig.6  Strain of beam 1. (a) Concrete’s strain; (b) steal’s mid-span strain
Fig.7  Strain of beam 2. (a) Concrete’s strain; (b) steal’s mid-span strain
Fig.8  Strain of beam 3. (a) Concrete’s strain; (b) steal’s mid-span strain
Fig.9  Modal parameters as function of damage on beam 1. (a) 1st frequency; (b) 1st damping ratio
Fig.10  Modal parameters as function of damage on beam 2. (a) Frequency; (b) damping ratio
Fig.11  Modal parameters as function of damage on beam 3. (a) Frequency; (b) damping ratio
Fig.12  Description of DRAS’s procedure
Fig.13  DRAS as function of damage on beam 1
Fig.14  DRAS as function of damage on beam 2
Fig.15  DRAS as function of damage on beam 3
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Tab.5  Comparison of results from modal and DRAS analysis
Fig.16  Free response of beam 2 (undamaged)
Fig.17  Free response of beam 2 (cracked)
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