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Sensors 2018, 18(9), 3002;

Damage Detection in Active Suspension Bridges: An Experimental Investigation

Robotics Institute, Beihang University, 100191 Beijing, China
Active Structures Laboratory, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, UK
Optoelectronics Section, ESA-ESTEC, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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Received: 8 August 2018 / Revised: 2 September 2018 / Accepted: 4 September 2018 / Published: 7 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bridge Structural Health Monitoring and Damage Identification)
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This paper considers a Hilbert marginal spectrum-based approach to health monitoring of active suspension bridge hangers. The paper proposes to takes advantage of the presence of active cables and use them as an excitation mean of the bridge, while they are used for active damping. The Hilbert–Huang transform is used to calculate the Hilbert marginal spectrum and establish a damage index for each hanger of the suspension bridge. The paper aims to investigate the method experimentally, through a series of damage scenarios, on a laboratory suspension bridge mock-up equipped with four active cables; each active cable is made of a displacement actuator collocated with a force sensor. Different locations and levels of damage severity are implemented. For the first time, the investigation demonstrates experimentally the effectiveness of the technique, as well as its limitations, to detect and locate the damage in hangers of a suspension bridge. View Full-Text
Keywords: damage detection; active cable; Hilbert–Huang transform; suspension bridges, health monitoring damage detection; active cable; Hilbert–Huang transform; suspension bridges, health monitoring

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Meng, F.; Mokrani, B.; Alaluf, D.; Yu, J.; Preumont, A. Damage Detection in Active Suspension Bridges: An Experimental Investigation. Sensors 2018, 18, 3002.

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