Health monitoring of welded structural joints is a very important factor of the engineering community. Electro-mechanical impedance (EMI) technique allows the direct evaluation of structural dynamics by evaluating its E/M impedance or admittance signatures. This paper first gives a brief introduction of the theoretical background on the described method. Then, the described EMI technique is applied to recognize the presence of damage by executing experimental works where the damage in the form of crack is simulated with an impedance analyzer at various distances. Four typical welded metallic joints on a jacket platform successfully produced submillimeter cracks under cyclic loading and root mean square deviation (RMSD) is used to evaluate the degree of crack damage. Finally, an outcome of laboratory measurements performed with developed structural health monitoring system based on the electromechanical impedance phenomenon is presented.

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