Published: 30 September 2012

Identification of modal parameters from structural ambient responses using wavelet analysis

Qingguo Fei1
Xiaolin Han2
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Abstract

Runyang suspension bridge is the longest suspension bridge in China with a main span of 1490 meters. During the construction of the bridge, a structural health monitoring system was installed, which was designed by the Southeast University. Since the bridge was open to traffic, quantities of structural ambient vibration responses have been recorded by the monitoring system. It is important to extract dynamic characteristics from these responses for structural assessment and maintenance. This paper presents the study on extraction of modal parameters from the Runyang suspension bridge structural health monitoring system records using wavelet analysis. Time-frequency domain modal identification using wavelet analysis is studied with an emphasis on the efficient approach for determination of the dilatation parameter. Then the wavelet analysis based method was adopted to identify dynamic properties including modal frequencies, mode shapes and damping ratios from the ambient vibration responses recorded by the monitoring system. Identified results were compared with those from Enhanced Frequency Domain Decomposition method and Stochastic Subspace Identification method. The differences between results are analyzed. Suggestions on future study are also given.

About this article

Received
20 April 2012
Accepted
04 September 2012
Published
30 September 2012
Keywords
modal identification
structural ambient responses
wavelet analysis