Model-Based Structural Health Monitoring of Box Girders

Nicholas E. Silionis, Konstantinos N. Anyfantis, S. Pantelakis, G. Lampeas, K. Tserpes
2021 MATEC Web of Conferences  
In the recent years, interest has been expressed towards incorporating Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems to ship hulls in order to transition from preventive to predictive maintenance procedures. In this work, an initial approach is undertaken to investigate the capabilities of a model-based method treating damage identification as an optimization problem solved using a genetic algorithm. An idealization of the hull structure is considered based on hull girder theory that allows for
more » ... scale experimental testing. Specifically, a box girder is considered with a circular discontinuity as the generalized damage that causes extensive stress redistribution, replicating the effect of hull damage modes of interest. A three-point bending load case is considered to emulate still water bending loads. Damage is considered to exist, and the goal of the proposed strategy is to provide a prediction on its location and magnitude (level 2 SHM). This is achieved using strain measurements obtained from sensors located on theoretical zero-strain directions as inputs to the optimization scheme treating the damage identification problem. Results from both assessment strategies highlighted the influence of measurement-related uncertainties on the method's predictive capabilities.
doi:10.1051/matecconf/202134903012 fatcat:dj3drf3le5a55jdbyjtqds6yha