Journal Article


Eugene J. O'Brien
Abdollah Malekjafarian



bridge shm indirect mode shape frequency domain decomposition fdd vehicle bridge interaction vbi damage detection

Identification of bridge mode shapes using Short Time Frequency Domain Decomposition of the responses measured in a passing vehicle (2014)

Abstract This paper processes the signals from accelerometers mounted on a vehicle travelling over a bridge. Short Time Frequency Domain Decomposition (STFDD) is used to estimate bridge mode shapes from the dynamic response of the vehicle. In Frequency Domain Decomposition (FDD), several segments are defined on the bridge and the measurement is performed using two instrumented axles. Here, the FDD method is employed in a multi-stage procedure applied to the bridge segments in sequence. A rescaling process is used to construct the global mode shape vector. The performance of the proposed method is validated using numerical case studies. In other indirect bridge identification methods, the road profile may excite the vehicle, making it difficult to detect the bridge modes. This is addressed using two concepts: applying external excitation to the bridge and subtracting signals in the axles of successive trailers towed by the vehicle. The results obtained from the numerical investigation demonstrate that the proposed method can estimate the bridge mode shapes with acceptable accuracy. Sensitivity of the method to added white noise is also investigated.
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Eugene J. O'Brien, Abdollah Malekjafarian

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Eugene J. O'Brien
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 192
Abdollah Malekjafarian
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 16