Enhanced damage index method using torsion modes Conference Paper uri icon


  • A growing need has developed in the United States to obtain more concrete knowledge on the structural integrity of infrastructure due to aging service lives, heavier and more frequent loading conditions, and durability issues. This need has spurred extensive research in the area of structural health monitoring over the past few decades. Several structural health monitoring techniques have been developed that are capable of locating damage in structures using modal strain energy of mode shapes. Typically in the past, bending strain energy has been used in these methods since it is a dominant vibrational mode in many structures and is usually easily measured. There may be cases, such as pipes, shafts, or certain bridges, where structures exhibit significant torsional behavior as well. In this research, torsional strain energy is used to locate damage. The numerical model created to use the damage index is a cantilevered steel pipe. The torsion strain energy method is capable of accurately locating damage and providing additional valuable information to the structure's behavior.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cloudt, H. C., Fogle, J. A., & Hurlebaus, S.

publication date

  • January 2009