Damage detection in asymmetric buildings using vibration-based techniques

Wang, Y. and Thambiratnam, D. P. and Chan, T. H. T. and Nguyen, A. (2018) Damage detection in asymmetric buildings using vibration-based techniques. Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 25 (5). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1545-2255

Abstract

In recent times, aesthetic and functionality requirements have caused many buildings to be asymmetric. An asymmetric building can be defined as one in which there is either geometric, stiffness or mass eccentricity. Such buildings exhibit complex vibrations as there is coupling between the lateral and torsional components of vibration, and are referred to as torsionally coupled buildings. These building require three dimensional modelling and analysis. Despite recent research and successful applications of damage detection techniques in civil structures, assessing damage in asymmetric buildings remains a challenging task for structural engineers. There has been considerably less investigation on the methodologies for detecting and locating damage specific to torsionally coupled asymmetric buildings. This paper develops a Multi-Criteria Approach (MCA) using vibration based damage indices for detecting and locating damage in asymmetric building structures. These vibration indices are based on the modified versions of the Modal Flexibility (MF) and the Modal Strain Energy (MSE) methods. The proposed procedure is first validated through experimental testing of a laboratory scale asymmetric building model. Numerically simulated modal data of a larger scale asymmetric building obtained from finite element analysis of the intact and damaged asymmetric building models are then applied into the modified MF and modal MSE algorithms for detecting and locating the damage. Results show that the proposed method is capable of detecting both single and multiple damages in the beams and columns of asymmetric building structures.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 06/05/2019 (12 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2018 04:32
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: asymmetric building, modal flexibility, modal strain energy, structural damage, vibration based damage detection, finite element method
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/stc.2148
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34396

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