A new modal identification method for Conservative Nongyroscopic Systems is proposed. The modal identification method is formulated as a variational problem in which stationary values of a functional quotient are sought. The computation of the functional quotient is carried out using a set of admissible functions defined over the spatial domain of the system. Measurements of the free system response at discrete points are carried out using any combination of displacements, velocities, and/or accelerations. Three types of admissible functions have been considered—global functions, spatial Dirac-delta functions, and finite element interpolation functions. The variational modal identification method is applied to a pure bending vibration problem, to a pure longitudinal vibration problem, and to a combined bending and longitudinal vibration problem. The effectiveness of the variational modal identification method using different sets of admissible functions is examined.

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