Damage Detection Method for Bridge Structures Using Hilbert-Huang Transform Technique

Hilbert-Huang Transform을 이용한 교량구조물의 손상추정기법

  • 윤정방 (한국과학기술원 건설환경공학과) ;
  • 장신애 (한국과학기술원 건설환경공학) ;
  • 심성한 (한국과학기술원 건설환경공학) ;
  • 이종재 (한국과학기술원 건설환경공학과)
  • Published : 2002.10.01


A recently developed Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) technique is applied to the detection of the damage locations of bridge structures. The HHT may be used to identify the locations of damages which exhibit nonlinear and non-stationary behavior, since the instantaneous frequency characteristics of the measured signal can be analyzed by the HHT. Numerical simulations were conducted on two bridge systems with damages using controlled excitations with sweeping frequency. Nonlinear plastic model using a gap element is employed to model the behavior of the cracked elements in the numerical simulations. The results indicate that the HHT method can reasonably identify the damage locations based on a limited number of acceleration sensors. Experimental study has been 실so carried out on a steel frame to confirm the applicability of the HHT to detect a structural connection with loosened bolts.