A Non-Modal Structural-Damage-Location Method and its Application
The paper is about model based parameter identification and damage localization of elastomechanical systems using input and output measurements in the frequency domain. An adaptation of the Projective Input Residual Method to subsystem damage identification is presented. For this purpose the projected residuals were adapted with respect to a given subsystem to be analysed. Based on the gradients of these projected subsystem residuals a damage indicator was introduced which is sensitive to parameter changes and structural damages in this subsystem. Since the computations are done w.r.t. the smaller dimension of a subsystem this indicator shows a computational performance gain compared to the non-subsystem approach. This gain in efficiency makes the indicator applicable in online-monitoring and online-damage-diagnosis where continuous and fast data processing is required. The presented application of the indicator to a gantry robot could illustrate the ability of the indicator to indicate and locate real damage of a complex structure. Since in civil engineering applications the system input is often unknown, further investigations will focus on the output-only case since the generalization of the presented methods to this case will broaden its application spectrum.