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Title: Statistical moving load identification including uncertainty
Authors: Wu, SQ
Law, SS
Keywords: Beam structure
Displacement
Gaussian
Identification
KarhunenLove Expansion
Moving load
Uncertainty
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
Source: Probabilistic engineering mechanics, 2012, v. 29, p. 70-78 How to cite?
Journal: Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics 
Abstract: Most existing approaches of moving load identification treat the structureload interaction problem as deterministic in which the identified results do not have any statistical prediction on their quality. In fact, uncertainties exist in both the interaction forces and structural responses, and the existence of the uncertainty erodes the accuracy of the identified moving loads. A new stochastic moving load identification technique is presented in this paper in which statistics of the moving force time histories are identified from samples of the structural responses. The KarhunenLove Expansion is adopted to represent both the structural responses and the interaction forces which are assumed as Gaussian random processes. Numerical simulations with two forces moving over a simply supported BernoulliEuler beam show that the accuracy of the identified force time histories can be significantly improved with only a small number of measured response samples compared with that obtained from an existing deterministic method. The variance of the moving forces can also be accurately estimated from a group of response samples when the statistics of the whole population can be well represented by these samples. The mean value of the identified forces is found independent of the effect from the different environmental effects and measurement errors in the simulation studies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/29818
DOI: 10.1016/j.probengmech.2011.09.001
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