Compatible deformation in the condition assessment of beam structures
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Document typeConference report
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE)
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The structural deformations should satisfy some geometric relations. However, this might not hold when the measured deformations are contaminated by measurement errors. In order to filter out the incompatibility in the measured deformation due to errors, the mathematical relation among the displacements within the structure are derived by the structural system identification by observability method. Namely, checking the observability of the parameters and obtaining the symbolical solution of those observable variables in the observability equations. Rearranging the associated solution leads to the geometrical equations that some displacements should satisfy, which is referred as the compatibility conditions. Among all compatible deformations satisfying these conditions, the one closest to the measured deformation is found by an optimization procedure. Finally, the structural parameters are estimated based on the optimal deformation shape. This method can smooth away the incompatibility due to errors and is validated by a simply supported beam and a two-span continuous beam.
CitationJun, L., Xu, D., Turmo, J. Compatible deformation in the condition assessment of beam structures. A: IABSE Symposium. "40th IABSE Symposium Nantes 2018: Tomorrow’s Megastructures". International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE), 2018, p. S24-79-S24-85.