This article discusses the use of frequency domain transmissibility functions for detecting, locating, and quantifying damage in linear and nonlinear structures. Structural damage affects both the system poles and zeros; however, zeros are much more sensitive than poles to localized damage. This is because zeros depend on the input and output locations whereas poles do not. It is demonstrated here that since transmissibility functions are determined solely by the system zeros, they are potentially better indicators of localized linear and nonlinear types of damage. Furthermore, excitation measurements are not required to compute transmissibility functions so damage indices can be calculated directly from response measurements. It is also demonstrated that sensor arrays can sometimes be used to yield mixed transmissibility functions that are differential in nature, that is, they are less sensitive to gross fluctuations in the dynamic loading or environmental variables.
Transmissibility as a Differential Indicator of Structural Damage
Contributed by the Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound for publication in the JOURNAL OF VIBRATION AND ACOUSTICS. Manuscript received April 1 2001; Revised April 1 2002. Associate Editor: C. R. Farrar.
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Johnson, T. J., and Adams, D. E. (September 20, 2002). "Transmissibility as a Differential Indicator of Structural Damage ." ASME. J. Vib. Acoust. October 2002; 124(4): 634–641. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1500744
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