Damage detection in truss bridges using vibration based multi-criteria approach

Shih, Hoi Wai, Thambiratnam, David, & Chan, Tommy H.T. (2011) Damage detection in truss bridges using vibration based multi-criteria approach. Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 39(2), pp. 187-206.

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This paper uses dynamic computer simulation techniques to develop and apply a multi-criteria procedure using non-destructive vibration-based parameters for damage assessment in truss bridges. In addition to changes in natural frequencies, this procedure incorporates two parameters, namely the modal flexibility and the modal strain energy. Using the numerically simulated modal data obtained through finite element analysis of the healthy and damaged bridge models, algorithms based on modal flexibility and modal strain energy changes before and after damage are obtained and used as the indices for the assessment of structural health state. The application of the two proposed parameters to truss-type structures is limited in the literature. The proposed multi-criteria based damage assessment procedure is therefore developed and applied to truss bridges. The application of the approach is demonstrated through numerical simulation studies of a single-span simply supported truss bridge with eight damage scenarios corresponding to different types of deck and truss damage. Results show that the proposed multi-criteria method is effective in damage assessment in this type of bridge superstructure.

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ID Code: 42525
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: "Structural Engineering and Mechanics" is an open access journal
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Keywords: truss bridges, damage assessment, finite element method, vibration, flexibility, strain energy
ISSN: 1225-4568
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Techno Press
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2011 21:36
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2011 07:58

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