Finite element model updating of concrete-filled steel tubular arch bridge under operational condition using modal flexibility

Bijaya Jaishi, Hyo Jin Kim, Moon Kyum Kim, Wei Xin Ren, Sang-Ho Lee

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This paper presents finite element (FE) model updating method for real bridge structure under operational condition using modal flexibility. The theoretical background of the updating procedure is presented. The case study of a simulated simply supported beam demonstrates an effectiveness of modal flexibility in objective function. This objective function is then implemented in case study of a real concrete-filled tubular arch bridge. The bridge was tested under operational condition. Followed by the three-dimensional FE modeling of the bridge, an eigenvalue sensitivity study is carried out to select the most sensitive parameters to the concerned modes. Guyan technique is used to the mass normalization of the mode shapes extracted from ambient modal test to calculate the modal flexibility. The updated FE model of the bridge is able to produce a sufficient improvement on modal parameters of the concerned modes, which is in close agreement with the experiment results and updated parameters still preserve the physical meaning in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2406-2426
Number of pages21
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Aug 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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