Physics based modeling for time-frequency damage classification

Debejyo Chakraborty, Sunilkumar Soni, Jun Wei, Narayan Kovvali, Antonia Papandreou-Suppappola, Douglas Cochran, Aditi Chattopadhyay

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9 Scopus citations


We have recently proposed a method for classifying waveforms from healthy and damaged structures in a structural health monitoring framework. This method is based on the use of hidden Markov models with preselected feature vectors obtained from the time-frequency based matching pursuit decomposition. In order to investigate the performance of the classifier for different signal-to-noise ratios (SNR), we simulate the response of a lug joint sample with different crack lengths using finite element modeling (FEM). Unlike experimental noisy data, the modeled data is noise free. As a result, different levels of noise can be added to the modeled data in order to obtain the true performance of the classifier under additive white Gaussian noise. We use the finite element package ABAQUS to simulate a lug joint sample with different crack lengths and piezoelectric sensor signals. A mesoscale internal state variable damage model defines the progressive damage and is incorporated in the macroscale model. We furthermore use a hybrid method (boundary element-finite element method) to model wave reflection as well as mode conversion of the Lamb waves from the free edges and scattering of the waves from the internal defects. The hybrid method simplifies the modeling problem and provides better performance in the analysis of high stress gradient problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModeling, Signal Processing, and Control for Smart Structures 2008
StatePublished - 2008
EventModeling, Signal Processing, and Control for Smart Structures 2008 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 10 2008Mar 12 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherModeling, Signal Processing, and Control for Smart Structures 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Damage detection
  • Hidden Markov models
  • Matching pursuit decomposition
  • Physics based modeling
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Time-frequency analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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