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Damage assessment in plate-like structures using a two-stage method based on modal strain energy change and Jaya algorithm


D. Dinh-Cong, T. Vo-Duy, V. Ho-Huu, T. Nguyen-Thoi*

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Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering, 2018 (ISI)
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The paper presents an effective two-stage approach based on modal strain energy change and Jaya algorithm for damage assessment in plate-like structures. In the first stage, a newly developed damage indicator, named as normalized modal strain energy-based damage index (nMSEBI), is proposed to help locate potential damage elements more effectively. After eliminating most of the healthy elements, the actual damaged sites and its extent in plate structure are determined in the second stage by minimizing an objective function, which is solved using Jaya algorithm. For finding a suitable objective function used in optimization process, two different objective functions are considered to examine their effects on the performance of the utilized optimization algorithm. The efficiency and accuracy of the proposed two-stage damage detection method are investigated by two numerical examples comprising a concrete plate and a four-layer (0°/90°/90°/0°) laminated composite plate with multiple damage locations. All of the obtained results indicate that even under measurement noise, the proposed method can identify the actual damage sites and estimate the extent of damage with high precision. In addition, the numerical results also show that the computational cost of the optimization process using the objective function based on modal flexibility change is much lower than that using the objective function based on mode shapes change.