Abstract

This paper introduces a frequency-domain approach of structural damage identification method (SDIM). The present SDIM is formulated from the exact dynamic stiffness matrix (DSM) equation of motion and then applied to beam structures. The appealing features of the present SDIM are: (1) it needs the DSM only for intact structure, (2) the excitation forces and the measured frequency response functions (FRFs) of damaged structure are only the required input data, and (3) it can locate and quantify many local damages at a time. The feasibility of the present SDIM is verified through some numerically simulated damage identification tests.

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