Date of Degree
MS (Master of Science)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Vibration-based damage detection (VBDD) methods are used to detect damage in structural members non-evasively. This investigation began with two objectives: to prove a VBDD method could detect damage using strain gauges both analytically and experimentally, and to then use that method to determine the distance from a damaged area that strain gauges could be effective. Work began simultaneously using finite element software and physical experiments. It was determined that a VBDD method could detect damage with strain gauges in both settings. A parametric study was then completed that used probabilistic methods to identify an effective range for strain gauges over the length of the structural member.
damage, detection, strain, structural
viii, 52 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 51-52).
Copyright 2013 Matthew Francis Anderson