This work tackles the problem of global identifiability of an undamped, shear-type, N degrees of freedom linear structural system under forced excitation without any prior knowledge of its mass or stiffness distributions. Three actuator/sensor schemes are presented, which guarantee the existence of only one solution for the mass and stiffness identification problem while requiring a minimum amount of instrumentation (only 1 actuator and 1 or 2 sensors). Through a counterexample for a 3DOF system it is also shown that fewer measurements than those suggested result invariably in non-unique solutions.

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