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6 April 2012 Damage identification using substructural virtual distortion method
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This paper presents a Substructure Virtual Distortion Method (SVDM) for damage identification based on Virtual Distortion Method (VDM). VDM is a fast structural reanalysis method by introducing virtual distortions to simulate structural damages. SVDM extends the virtual distortions regard to the damaged elements to the related substructures. Such that the required number of virtual distortions depends on the substructure other than the elements, which reduces the computational work a lot. In addition, for a structure under a certain external force, the dynamic responses may be reflected by a few of main eigenvectors, and thus it only needs to compute the virtual distortions which are relative with these main eigenvectors. This further reduces the computational work. In this paper, first the relation among the virtual distortions of the substructure, actual distortions, and the substructure damage extents are derived; then the main distortions of the substructure are chosen by the contribution analysis of the distortions to the structural responses. In this way, the damages are optimized and identified by minimizing the least square distance between the measured response and the estimated response. A numerical frame model is used to verify the proposed method.
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Qingxia Zhang, Lukasz Jankowski, and Zhongdong Duan "Damage identification using substructural virtual distortion method", Proc. SPIE 8345, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012, 83453X (6 April 2012);

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