Bridge Damage Detection using the Inverse Dynamics Optimization Algorithm

The current methods to identify the bridge damage depend on time-consuming visual inspection and/or based on the data collected from a sensor based monitoring, which make the assessment process very expensive. In this paper, the bridge damage is identified using the data collected from an ordinary strain transducer. In order to demonstrate the new method, 3-D finite element models followed by the Inverse Dynamics Optimization Algorithm are performed. The inverse algorithm utilized to calculate the weight of the force that pass on the bridge. Any change in the bridge stiffness by damage will influence the force history which calculated by the inverse algorithm. The proposed method divided into two stages: in the first one, two finite element models are used to simulate the bridge displacement due to quarter car model one representing the healthy bridge and the other for the damage one. In the second stage, the inverse dynamics optimization algorithm used to identify the damage locations.


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