Document Type


Date of Degree

Fall 2012

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Rahmatalla, Salam

First Committee Member

Arora, Jasbir

Second Committee Member

Papanicolaou, Thanos


Vibration-based damage detection methods are used in structural applications to identify the global dynamic response of the system. The purpose of the work presented is to exhibit a vibration-based damage detection algorithm that localizes the sensor arrangements such that irregularities within the structural system can be detected, located, and quantified. Damage can occur in a structure either within the material or at a connection between segments; therefore two different types of specimens, a plate specimen and a connection specimen, were analyzed with the algorithm. Numerical and experimental analyses were completed for each of the specimen types, and the results prove that damage can be detected, located and quantified in each scenario. It is noted that the quantification of the damage is based on a supervised learning method (original and damaged states are known) and that the accuracy in which the damage is quantified within the scope of this work might have difficulty in unsupervised learning methods (only current state is known). This work will extend to be applied on a highway bridge as a basis for a structural health monitoring system, as preliminary results suggest that further refinement is needed.


damage, detection, vibration


v, 45 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 44-45).


Copyright 2012 Charles Schallhorn