Application of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition to Damage Detection in Homogeneous Plates and Composite Beams

he topic of the present paper is a damage detection technique based on the theory of proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). Numerical examples and experimental verification are conducted on an aluminum plate. The numerical examples provide useful information on the effect of several parameters, such as damage severity, type of excitation, noise level, and grid size of the sensors and on the reliability of the technique. The experimental verification using the POD method on the acceleration data show that it is possible to locate some defects in a cantilever plate; however, the analysis of the experimental data highlights the sensitivity of the method to the modification of the boundary conditions. Finally, the application of this technique to the detection of delamination in composite materials is conducted numerically on a cantilever beam. A three-dimensional model was used to investigate how the position of the damage along the length and thickness of the beam is detected and to demonstrate the sensitivity of the method to the location of the sensors with respect to the position of the damage.


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  • Accession Number: 01496296
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Oct 24 2013 3:38PM