This paper presents a wavelet transform-based method of extracting the impulse response characteristics from the measured disturbances and response histories of linear structural dynamic systems. The proposed method is found to be effective in determining the impulse response functions for systems subjected to harmonic (narrow frequency-band) input signals and signals with sharp discontinuities, thus alleviating the Gibbs phenomenon encountered in FFT methods. When the system is subjected to random burst input signals for which the FFT methods are known to perform well, the proposed wavelet method performs equally well with a fewer number of ensembles than FFT-based methods. For completely random input signals, both the wavelet and FFT methods experience difficulties, although the wavelet method appears to perform somewhat better in tracing the fundamental response modes.

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