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Computers and Concrete
  Volume 2, Number 6, December 2005 , pages 481-498

Damage detection in beams and plates using wavelet transforms
S. Rajasekaran and S. P. Varghese

    A wavelet based approach is proposed for structural damage detection in beams, plate and delamination of composite plates. Wavelet theory is applied here for crack identification of a beam element with a transverse on edge non-propagating open crack. Finite difference method was used for generating a general displacement equation for the cracked beam in the first example. In the second and third example, damage is detected from the deformed shape of a loaded simply supported plate applying the wavelet theory. Delamination in composite plate is identified using wavelet theory in the fourth example. The main concept used is the breaking down of the dynamic signal of a structural response into a series of local basis function called wavelets, so as to detect the special characteristics of the structure by scaling and transformation property of wavelets. In the light of the results obtained, limitations of the proposed method as well as suggestions for future work are presented. Results show great promise of wavelet approach for damage detection and structural health monitoring.
Key Words
    damage detection; wavelet analysis; finite difference-composite plates-finite element method-delamination.
Infrastructure Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

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