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Smart Structures and Systems   Volume 7, Number 2, February 17 2011, pages 133-152
System identification of a super high-rise building via a stochastic subspace approach.
Lucia Faravelli, Filippo Ubertini and Clemente Fuggini.

Abstract     [Full Text]
    System identification is a fundamental step towards the application of structural health monitoring and damage detection techniques. On this respect, the development of evolved identification strategies is a priority for obtaining reliable and repeatable baseline modal parameters of an undamaged structure to be adopted as references for future structural health assessments. The paper presents the identification of the modal parameters of the Guangzhou New Television Tower, China, using a data-driven stochastic subspace identification (SSI-data) approach complemented with an appropriate automatic mode selection strategy which proved to be successful in previous literature studies. This well-known approach is based on a clustering technique which is adopted to discriminate structural modes from spurious noise ones. The method is applied to the acceleration measurements made available within the task I of the ANCRiSST benchmark problem, which cover 24 hours of continuous monitoring of the structural response under ambient excitation. These records are then subdivided into a convenient number of data sets and the variability of modal parameter estimates with ambient temperature and mean wind velocity are pointed out. Both 10 minutes and 1 hour long records are considered for this purpose. A comparison with finite element model predictions is finally carried out, using the structural matrices provided within the benchmark, in order to check that all the structural modes contained in the considered frequency interval are effectively identified via SSI-data.
Key Words
    system identification; field measurements; stochastic subspace decomposition; environmental effects; finite element analysis.
Lucia Faravelli : Department of Structural Mechanics, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
Filippo Ubertini :Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.
Clemente Fuggini :Research & Innovation Division, D

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