# Ultrasonic Lateral Displacement Sensor for Health Monitoring in Seismically Isolated Buildings

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## Abstract

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## 1. Introduction

**Figure 1.**(

**a**) Seismically isolated building; (

**b**) Enlarged view of the seismically isolated layer and installation of ultrasonic lateral displacement sensor.

## 2. Experimental Setup

#### 2.1. Ultrasound Intensity Distribution of Air-Coupled Ultrasound Transducer

**Figure 2.**(

**a**) Experimental setup for measuring ultrasound intensity distribution of air-coupled ultrasound transducer; (

**b**) Front view of the receiver.

#### 2.2. Measurement Principal for Lateral Displacement Sensing

**Figure 3.**Experimental setup for measuring relative lateral displacement sensing using two transmitters.

#### 2.3. Measuring Lateral Displacement over a Wide Measurement Range

## 3. Results and Discussion

#### 3.1. Ultrasound Intensity Distribution of Air-Coupled Ultrasound Transducer

#### 3.2. Measurement Principal for Lateral Displacement Sensing

_{1}and I

_{2}show the ultrasound intensity transmitted by transmitters 1 and 2, respectively, x

_{0}is the relative lateral displacement of the receiver from the origin, σ

_{0}is the standard deviation of the ultrasound intensity distribution which is common to both transmitters, μ

_{1}and μ

_{2}are the original positions of the transmitters in x direction, and d is the interval between transmitters 1 and 2. Note that in the experiment detailed in this paper, the ultrasound transducers are alternately turned on and off, so each ultrasound beam is generated as an independent event. From Equations (2–4), the relative lateral displacement x

_{0}is derived:

_{0}is expressed as a logarithm of the ratio of I

_{1}to I

_{2}, which are obtained from the two transmitters. If the calibration for the displacement measurement is carried out, we can obtain the values of A and B as known constants beforehand in Equations (6) and (7). Even if the shapes of the data curves obtained from transmitters 1 and 2 are not identical to each other, the difference in the standard deviations and their absolute values are included by the constants A and B as long as the Gaussian fitting is applied to I

_{1}and I

_{2}. Therefore, the lateral displacement x

_{0}is successfully derived by measuring the logarithm of the ratio of I

_{1}to I

_{2}. If a wider range of lateral displacement measurement is required, the arrangement of continuous pairs of ultrasound transducers will make it possible. Figure 6b shows the actual data plots representing the ultrasound intensity distributions according to the position of the receiver. The open circles and closed circles show the ultrasound intensities obtained from transmitters 1 and 2, respectively. The solid line shows the fitted curve that is explained after the following procedure.

**Figure 6.**(

**a**) Schematic of two ultrasound intensity distributions; (

**b**) Ultrasound intensity distributions were measured by the receiver according to its lateral displacement.

_{0}is obtained. In Figure 7b, the fitted curve is also drawn by using Equations (5), (6) and (8). Figure 7b shows the estimated lateral displacement compared with the reference displacement. The open circles show the estimated lateral displacement. The solid line shows the reference displacement. Although the estimated lateral displacement basically agrees with the reference, it fluctuates considerably and its maximum value is 1.36 mm. As mentioned above, we have tried to obtain more accurate ultrasound intensity distributions by utilizing a mask on the receiver. However, as shown in Figure 4, the ultrasound intensity distribution still remains imperfect, which causes fluctuations in the calculated lateral displacement. Therefore, it is considered that a further correction method is essential for obtaining more precise lateral displacement measurements for health monitoring of seismically isolated buildings.

**Figure 7.**Estimation of lateral displacement. (

**a**) Lateral displacement and the logarithm of the ratio of the ultrasound intensities obtained from the two transmitters; (

**b**) Estimated lateral displacement.

_{t1}and I

_{t2}are normally approximated values that are described on the fitted curve as shown in Figure 6b, e

_{1}and e

_{2}are compensation coefficients for the obtained ultrasound intensities I

_{1}and I

_{2}, respectively. Compensation coefficients are expressed as functions of the logarithm of the ratio of I

_{1}to I

_{2}in Equations (9) and (10). Figure 8 shows the values of I

_{t1}/I

_{1}and I

_{t2}/I

_{2}by changing the logarithm of the ratio of I

_{1}to I

_{2}to derive the compensation coefficients e

_{1}and e

_{2}. For these coefficients, polynomial approximation is applied because the values of I

_{t1}/I

_{1}and I

_{t2}/I

_{2}fluctuate greatly as shown in Figure 8. The compensation coefficients are represented as follows:

_{1}to I

_{2}. As shown in Figure 8 and Equations (11) and (12), the compensation coefficients were successfully obtained. Figure 9a shows the corrected ultrasound intensity distribution with the application of Equations (11) and (12). Open circles show corrected values. The solid line shows the fitted curve previously shown in Figure 6b. The fitted curve and the corrected values overlap fairly well. Figure 9b shows the corrected lateral displacement. Open circles show the corrected lateral displacement. The solid line shows the reference displacement. From the Figures, it is clear that the corrected lateral displacement agrees well with the reference. The fluctuation between corrected values and the reference is within 0.20 mm at maximum. Because the fluctuation rate for the 30 mm range corresponds to 0.67%, it is verified that this system has sufficient accuracy for a small displacement region. For the actual measurement activity, a manual stage needs to be arranged under the transmitters or the receiver for the system calibration. After the calibration, the stage should be fixed as a base keeping its position at the origin.

**Figure 10.**The dynamic response experiment in 0.6 Hz movement. (

**a**) Estimated lateral displacement; (

**b**) Corrected lateral displacement.

#### 3.3. Measuring Lateral Displacement over a Wide Range

**Figure 11.**Measuring lateral displacement over a wide range. (

**a**) The ultrasound intensity distribution obtained from five transmitters; (

**b**) The corrected lateral displacement.

## 4. Conclusions

## Acknowledgments

## Author Contributions

## Conflicts of Interest

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