Extraction of Impulse Response Data via Wavelet Transform for Structural System Identification

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A. N. Robertson, K. C. Park

Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Center for Aerospace Structures, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

K. F. Alvin

Structural Dynamics and Vibration Control Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

J. Vib. Acoust 120(1), 252-260 (Jan 01, 1998) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2893813 History: Received May 01, 1995; Revised March 01, 1996; Online February 26, 2008


This paper presents a wavelet transform-based method of extracting the impulse response characteristics from the measured disturbances and response histories of linear structural dynamic systems. The proposed method is found to be effective in determining the impulse response functions for systems subjected to harmonic (narrow frequency-band) input signals and signals with sharp discontinuities, thus alleviating the Gibbs phenomenon encountered in FFT methods. When the system is subjected to random burst input signals for which the FFT methods are known to perform well, the proposed wavelet method performs equally well with a fewer number of ensembles than FFT-based methods. For completely random input signals, both the wavelet and FFT methods experience difficulties, although the wavelet method appears to perform somewhat better in tracing the fundamental response modes.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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