Analysis of sensor placement in beams for crack identification

Abstract A previous study has shown that the mode shapes of a beam are more sensitive to damage than other vibrational parameters, thus making them better suited for crack identification purposes. However, they have the disadvantage of being more difficult to be measured. To overcome this difficulty, an interesting idea is to monitor changes produced by cracks on the mode shapes only in a few strategic points, instead of performing a complete experimental modal analysis. Considering this possibility, the aim of the present work was to determine the most appropriate locations for installing sen...

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