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Shock and Vibration
Volume 19, Issue 5, Pages 1085-1097

Transmissibility-Based Operational Modal Analysis: Enhanced Stabilisation Diagrams

Gert De Sitter, Christof Devriendt, and Patrick Guillaume

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium

Received 25 April 2012; Accepted 25 April 2012

Copyright © 2012 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


Recently it has been shown that also transmissibilities can be used to identify the modal parameters. This approach has several advantages: because of the deterministic character of the transmissibility functions, the estimated parameters are more accurate than the results obtained with the power spectra based operational modal analysis techniques. Another advantage is that the transmissibility functions do not depend on the colouring of the unknown forces. A disadvantage of the transmissibility based operational modal analysis techniques is that non-physical modes show up in the stabilisation diagrams. In this contribution it will first be shown that those non-physical modes will show up when traditional stabilisation diagrams are used. In a second step, a new approach of selecting the physical modes out of a set of estimated modes will be discussed and the new approach will be validated using data generated with an acoustical Finite Element Model. Finally, the approach will be validated using real acoustical data.