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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2015, Article ID 246480, 6 pages
Research Article

A Practical Method for Grid Structures Damage Location

1Transportation Equipment and Marine Engineering College, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, Liaoning 116026, China
2Dalian University of Technology, Linggong Road No. 2, Integrated Building 4, 219-B, Dalian, Liaoning 116024, China

Received 29 September 2014; Revised 29 January 2015; Accepted 9 February 2015

Academic Editor: Christos Riziotis

Copyright © 2015 Zhefu Yu and Linsheng Huo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A damage location method based on cross correlation function, wavelet packet decomposition, and support vector machine was proposed for grid structure. The approximate damage positions in grid structures could be determined through the peak abrupt changes of the cross correlation function that was produced by two vibration responses of adjacent measuring points. The vibration response was decomposed into eight bands by wavelet packet in order to accurately locate damage rods. The energy distribution in eight bands was used as a feature vector. SVM is trained to locate damaged bar elements in grid structures. Numerical analysis results showed that this method had good accuracy.