Title page for ETD etd-07262004-193730

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tarazaga, Pablo Alberto
Author's Email Address ptarazag@vt.edu
URN etd-07262004-193730
Title Model Updating Using a Quadratic Form
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Inman, Daniel J. Committee Chair
Halevi, Yoram Committee Member
Leo, Donald J. Committee Member
  • robustness
  • symmetry
  • connectivity
  • closed-form
Date of Defense 2004-07-12
Availability unrestricted
The research presented in this thesis addresses the problem of updating an analytical model using a parametric Reference Basis approach. In this method, some parameters are assumed to be accurate (e.g. natural frequencies, mode shapes and mass matrix), while others are adjusted so that the eigenvalue equation is satisfied. Updating is done with the use of principal submatrices, and the method seeks the best parameters multiplying these matrices. This is a departure from classical model reference, and is closer to the formulation of sensitivity methods. The submatrices allow updating of the stiffness matrix with certain freedom while preserving connectivity. Closed form solution can be achieved through multiple ways; two different approaches, denoted as the Quadratic Compression Method (QCM) and the Full Vector Method (FVM), are described in this paper. It is shown that the QCM possesses superior robustness properties with respect to noise in the data. This fact, as well as the simplicity offered by QCM, is demonstrated theoretically and experimentally. The experiments are presented to show the advantage of the QCM in the updating process.
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