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1 October 1991 Distributed-parameter estimation for NASA Mini-Mast truss through displacement measurements
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Most methods of system identification of large flexible structures by far are based on the lumped parameter approach. Because of the considerable computational burden due to the large number of unknown parameters, distributed parameter approach, which greatly decreases the number of unknowns, has being investigated. In this paper a distributed parameter model for the estimation of modal characteristics of NASA Mini-Mast truss has been formulated. Both Bernoulli-Euler beam and Timoshenko beam equations are used to characterize the lateral bending vibrations of the truss. The measurement of the lateral displacement at the tip of the truss is provided to the maximum likelihood estimator. Closed-form solutions of the partial differential equations and closed-form expressions of the sensitivity functions are derived so that the estimation algorithm is highly efficient. The resulting estimates from test data by using Timoshenko beam model are found to be comparable to those derived from finite element analysis.
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Jen-Kuang Huang, Ji Yao Shen, and Lawrence W. Taylor Jr. "Distributed-parameter estimation for NASA Mini-Mast truss through displacement measurements", Proc. SPIE 1489, Structures Sensing and Control, (1 October 1991);

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