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Dynamic Error Analysis Method for Vibration Shape Reconstruction of Smart FBG Plate Structure
Abstract
Shape reconstruction of aerospace plate structure is an important issue for safe operation of aerospace vehicles. One way to achieve such reconstruction is by constructing smart fiber Bragg grating (FBG) plate structure with discrete distributed FBG sensor arrays using reconstruction algorithms in which error analysis of reconstruction algorithm is a key link. Considering that traditional error analysis methods can only deal with static data, a new dynamic data error analysis method are proposed based on LMS algorithm for shape reconstruction of smart FBG plate structure. Firstly, smart FBG structure and orthogonal curved network based reconstruction method is introduced. Then, a dynamic error analysis model is proposed for dynamic reconstruction error analysis. Thirdly, the parameter identification is done for the proposed dynamic error analysis model based on least mean square (LMS) algorithm. Finally, an experimental verification platform is constructed and experimental dynamic reconstruction analysis is done. Experimental results show that the dynamic characteristics of the reconstruction performance for plate structure can be obtained accurately based on the proposed dynamic error analysis method. The proposed method can also be used for other data acquisition systems and data processing systems as a general error analysis method.
1. Introduction
Plate structure is a common structure form of aircrafts and aerospace vehicles [1–4]. Shape reconstruction of such structure can be achieved by nonvisual methods using distributed FBG sensors, which generally uses a FBG sensor network or a FBG sensor array [5–7]. Compared with visual perception method [8–11], nonvisual perception method needs less amount of collection data, with high acquisition accuracy, high realtime performance, and high antiinterference capability. Currently there are two types of methods: modal method [5, 12–17] and geometrical method [18–22].
Displacement mode superposition method mentioned in [5, 17, 23, 24] is only suitable for shape reconstruction with small amplitude distortion as the strain direction on the measuring surface is uncertain. Geometrical iteration method mentioned in [19, 25, 26] uses curvature data along a single direction and plane curve fitting algorithm to achieve shape reconstruction. Although these methods have good reconstruction performance for pure bending deformation, they are not suited for torsional deformation. The authors of [26] have achieved curved surface reconstruction, but the method is not suited for realtime reconstruction as it needs to solve complex nonlinear equations. The authors of [19] proposed a space curve shape reconstruction algorithm, but it is not suited for bend torsion coupling shape reconstruction. To overcome the shortcomings of the above algorithms, orthogonal curve net based space surface reconstruction algorithm can be employed by using biorthogonal strain data and orthogonal curve net to achieve shape reconstruction of complex vibration shape. Recursive computation can be employed for realtime implementation instead of solving nonlinear equations.
While performance comparison is mentioned in [5, 12–22, 24], static error analysis such as mean square error between real deformation and theoretically calculated deformation is used [19, 23]. However, there is no dynamic performance comparison method to value these proposed methods to provide transmission performance. While structure vibration reconstruction can be understood as a transformation process of the original strain data, it can be treated as a kind of generalized signal transmission. So dynamic data transmission features can be defined including signal amplitude attenuation, phase delay, and noise mixing [27, 28]. So accurate dynamic data error analysis can be done using system identification methods by taking the vibration response as the input of the reconstruction system and the reconstruction results as the output. Least mean square (LMS) is a famous algorithm for adaptive control [29–31], and many applications for system identification can be found in [32–34].
Taking a one end fixed square flexible plate as experimental plate, a new dynamic data error analysis method is proposed based on LMS algorithm. The proposed method can also be used for other data acquisition systems and data processing systems as a general error analysis method. Section 2 introduces the orthogonal curved network based reconstruction method. Section 3 introduces the construction of the experimental smart FBG plate and the fundamental principles of FBG sensing. Section 4 proposes a dynamic error analysis model for dynamic reconstruction error analysis and gives the detailed modelling method including signal amplitude attenuation, phase delay, and noise mixing. Section 5 illustrates the parameter identification for the proposed dynamic error analysis model and how to design filter . Section 6 introduces the simulation and experimental platform. Section 7 is the simulation and experiment results. Section 8 comes to the conclusion.
2. Orthogonal Curved Network Based Reconstruction Method
The basic process of curved surface reconstruction algorithm based on orthogonal curved network is as follows: constructing the orthogonal curved network by using continuous curvature and establishing the orthogonal moving coordinate system on two directions for orthogonal curved network; calculating node coordinates of orthogonal curvilinear net using the moving coordinate system and using the internal relations of different nodes to implement the coupling relationship between orthogonal coordinate systems. The iterative calculation of node coordinates and the transformation of moving coordinate system to realize all nodes’ coordinate of orthogonal curved network constitute the two steps used to reconstruct the whole shape of curved surface.
2.1. Establishing Orthogonal Curved Network and Moving Coordinate System
According to differential geometry, a regular parametric curved surface is a continuous mapping from an area on space to space . Cartesian coordinate system can be established on and separately. Using to denote the coordinate in and using to denote the coordinate in ,
On the basis of curvature continuity, those measuring points which have equal space (denoted by ) between each other were chosen. The measuring points were connecting from direction and direction separately. Then the orthogonal equal arc length grid is shown in Figure 1.
The orthogonal curvature of measuring points is divided into the curvature along direction and the curvature along direction, which are denoted by and separately, where is the point ordinal. For convenient description, is used to denote discrete points on curved surface, where is the ordinal along direction and is the ordinal along direction.
A lengthpreserving correspondence can be established between deformed curved surface and original curved surface because there is a onetoone correspondence of every point between pre and postdeformation, and the orthogonal relationship between two curves through nodes will not change under a micro deformation condition. So, the equal arc length grids mentioned above became an orthogonal curve net as shown in Figure 2.
If the coordinate of each node on orthogonal curve net shown in Figure 2 can be solved separately by a certain computation method, the whole smooth curved surface can be obtained by traditional curved surface fitting algorithm. Considering that the research object is oneside fixed and there is no large deformation, there exist two boundary conditions:(1)There is no deformation on the fixed side of curved surface.(2)The central line along direction of orthogonal curve net is plane curve.
In order to describe the algorithm conveniently, the moving coordinate system is established along the direction and direction of orthogonal curve net separately as shown in Figure 3.
To ensure the curve continuity, there is a coordinate transformation relationship between adjacent moving coordinate system on the curve. The relationship contains translation, rotation around axis, and rotation around axis, as shown in Figure 4.
In Figure 4, , where is torsion angle. The transformation process is moving the coordinate origin from point to point firstly, then rotating degrees around axis, and finally rotating degrees around axis. The torsion angle is obtained by the curvature coupling relationship between two orthogonal directions.
2.2. Nodal Coordinate Computation
Nodal coordinate recursive computation is the key part of the space curved surface reconstruction algorithm. Because the central line along direction is plane curve which can be obtained precisely by plate curved fitting algorithm, on the condition of using the central line as the boundary, nodal coordinate of the other curve can be obtained by iterative calculation. The micro arc between point and point is circle arc. , and is used to denote the coordinates of point separately. It is easy to know that, in the moving coordinate system that includes point , the coordinate of point is
Here, is the coordinate of point in absolute coordinate system and is the coordinate of point in the moving coordinate system. Let point be the first point of the curve. The global coordinate system (absolute coordinate system) is established by using point as the original point. So, the absolute coordinate of point can be obtained by formula (2):
Because the moving coordinate system whose original point is point has been transformed,(1)rotate degrees around axis,(2)rotate degrees around axis,(3)move the original point from point to point .
So, if denotes the rotation transformation matrix that shows that one point rotates degrees around axis, the coordinate of point in absolute coordinate system is
Similarly, the moving coordinate system where point is located has been transformed relative to absolute coordinate system as the following steps:(1)Rotate degrees around axis.(2)Rotate degrees around axis.(3)Move the original point from point to point .(4)Continue to rotate degrees around axis.(5)Continue to rotate degrees around axis.(6)Move the original point from point to point .
From the above transformation, the absolute coordinate of can be obtained:
The absolute coordinate (when ) of point can be obtained:
In formula (6), , are
One nodal coordinate can be computed according to formula (3) and formulas (6)~(7). All nodal coordinates can be obtained by iterative recursion combined with coupling transformation of moving coordinate system.
2.3. Coupling Transformation of the Moving Coordinate Systems
The moving coordinate systems along direction and along direction are moving along the curve on which they are located. And they converge on the next node of orthogonal curve net. On the basis of a nodal coordinate used to compute the coordinate of next node, coupling transformation between two moving coordinate systems along two directions must be performed. If point and are the points in the moving coordinate system, the midpoint between points and is used as the valid value of node , as shown in Figure 5. After the node is obtained, the moving coordinate system along direction and direction converges on the node . Because two curves at node are orthogonal, corresponding axes should converge. The torsion angle of two moving coordinate systems can be obtained.
Firstly, axis and axis of the two coordinate systems rotate degrees and degrees around their own axis separately. and are used to denote the obtained coordinate systems. The vector denotes axis of the moving coordinate system along direction and so on. If is used to denote relative coordinate of vector in the coordinate system of , the torsion angles of the two moving coordinate system can be obtained as
The two coordinate systems should rotate degrees around their axis separately to ensure superposition of corresponding coordinate axis:
Thus, new moving coordinate system along direction can be obtained:
In the same way, new moving coordinate system along direction can also be obtained:
In (33) and (34), the matrix of rotation angle around axis is
Therefore, the coupling transformation of the two moving coordinate systems at the node can be obtained on the basis of formula (10) and (11). The coordinate of next node can be obtained based on the transformed moving coordinate system. All nodal coordinates on orthogonal curve net can be obtained by continuous iterative computation which contains node coordinate recursion and coupling transformation of moving coordinate system.
3. Experimental Smart FBG Plate
When the flexible plate structure deformation occurs, the surface would generate a strain. If the impact of environmental temperature changes is ignored, the strain detected by FBG sensors bonded on the structure surface can be considered as strain of the flexible plate structure on the measuring point:
Here, is the detected strain, is the change of the fiber grating center wavelength, and is the strain sensitivity coefficient. For particular fiber grating, is constant.
While the FBG sensor is employed to detect the curvature in the plane of the plate surface,
Here, is the curvature of measuring point and is the thickness of the plate. For a particular plate structure and FBG sensor, and are constants.
The schematic diagram of a smart FBG plate is shown in Figure 6. A compensated FBG sensor is placed in the bottom of the plate to compensate the temperature influence of the FBG sensors.
Using the detected curvature, orthogonal curved network can be constructed by using continuous curvature. Orthogonal moving coordinate system on two directions for orthogonal curved network can be established. Node coordinates of orthogonal curvilinear net can be calculated using the moving coordinate system, and the internal relations of different nodes can be used to implement the coupling relationship between orthogonal coordinate systems. The iterative calculation of node coordinates and the transformation of moving coordinate system to realize all nodes’ coordinate of orthogonal curved network constitute the two steps used to reconstruct the whole shape of curved surface.
To compare the vibration shape reconstruction performance, laser displacement sensor is employed in most researches. The diagram of the error analysis principle is shown in Figure 7.
As shown in Figure 7, the reconstruction accuracy validation process is as follows: lowfrequency excitation of FBG is applied to structure by the exciter. The distributed FBG sensing network could get the changes of the wavelength of FBG grating measuring point. Then, on the basis of FBG wavelength and the structure strain relationship, these changes can be transferred into strain data. Then orthogonal curved network based reconstruction method can be employed for the structure vibration shape reconstruction. In the same time, a laser displacement sensor is employed to measure the actual displacement of the structure testing point. Then the reconstruction error can be obtained by estimating the difference between the measured and estimated displacement.
4. Dynamic Error Analysis Model
As the essence of all these shape reconstruction algorithms is doing data transformation from the original strain data acquired from the distributed FBG sensors, the dynamic analysis method proposed in signal processing area can be employed. An example of the sampled dynamic data of geometrical reconstruction method can be shown in Figure 8. The solid line is the signal measured by the laser displacement sensor. The dashed line is the estimated signal by geometrical shape reconstruction algorithm. The lag of the two curves is the sampling delay of the two data acquisition systems. The strain data acquisition system is in advance of the laser displacement sensor data acquisition system.
Dynamic error analysis can be done by modelling of the data transmission process. The model can be treated as a combination of a FIR filter model with a noise. The diagram of the dynamic error analysis model is shown in Figure 9.
For a specific measured point on the plate, is the actual displacement of the measured point in the plane of the plate surface. is the theoretical reconstructed or estimated displacement without reconstruction noise. is the reconstruction noise signal and is the sum of and . The length of the FIR model is . is the linear weighted sum of all past inputs:
Here, is the weighting coefficients, is the input sequence, and , , . Meanwhile, let and ; then formula (15) can be written in vector form:
LMS algorithm can be employed for model identification of the above dynamic error analysis model. The dynamic modelling principle is shown in Figure 10.
As shown in Figure 10, filtered by gets . The output of the identification adaptive filter is . minus is . LMS1 is used to adjust by minimizing the expectation of the mean square error of . While the adaptive filter converges, is closer to the series of and . Since is known, can be built. filtered through and gets . minus gets . LMS2 is used to adjust by minimizing the expectation of the mean square error of . While the adaptive filter converges, is almost the same with . As the main purpose of LMS2 is to get the parameter of , the exact parameter of is needed. can be used as the starting condition of LMS2 algorithm. Only when the expectation of the mean square error of is less than a certain value can LMS2 start.
With , the amplitude attenuation, phase delay, and noise mixing can be calculated. In Figure 10,
Using to describe unit amplitude noise and assuming the amplitude of noise is , the expectation ;
With the model parameter of , the amplitude attenuation and phase delay can be obtained. The noise mixing can be obtained using (17) and (24). Therefore, the parameter identification of is the key of reconstruction error analysis.
The nomenclature is shown in Nomenclature.
5. Parameter Identification and Reconstruction Error Analysis
To analyze the dynamic reconstruction error, identification of the model parameter of must be done.
5.1. Parameter Identification
The identification of can be done using LMS algorithm. From (18) and (20), one can get
Let
Equation (28) can be written as
Equation (29) is a quadratic function of the weight vector . is a concave hyperparaboloid with a unique minimum. Using the steepest descent method,
Similarly,
Here, , are the adjusting step.
5.2. Reconstruction Error Analysis
Using the obtained model parameter , the reconstruction error including the amplitude attenuation, phase delay, and noise mixing can be analyzed.
The input signal frequency is . The sampling period is , . The sinusoidal response is
Expand (32):
Let
Then
Here is the amplitude of the reconstruction data and is the phase delay of reconstruction results respected to the actual vibration displacement. Equation (17) shows
One can get
Using (40), can be calculated. The expectation and magnitude of the mixing signal can be obtained.
5.3. Design of Filter
The mixing noise in the algorithm process could be filtered by filter . As the mixing noise is high frequency, the filter should be a low pass filter. The upper limit frequency of the filter should be greater than main natural frequency of the structure. Filter can be designed with window function method. Assuming that the amplitudefrequency characteristic of this lowpass filter is , the phasefrequency characteristic is , and then the unit sample response of the filter is
Here is the upper limit of the lowfrequency filter. As is an infinite function which is symmetric around , it is a noncausal system. In order to make physically realizable, should be truncated with the length : . Shifting the truncated , the following is obtained:
System (42) is causal system and has a similar frequency response with . While the phase frequency response of is , has linear phase. The lowpass filter can be obtained by (42):
Using (43) and the actual vibration frequency in the experimental procedure, lowpass filter can be constructed.
6. Simulation and Experiment Platform
6.1. Simulation Platform
The diagram of the simulation software is shown in Figure 11.
The vibration signal simulation module generates sinusoidal vibration signal. Data processing module is responsible for processing the amplitude, phase, and mixing noise of the data. The processing parameters are set by the parameter module. LMS algorithm module is responsible for dynamic model parameter identification. Data error analysis module is responsible for the analysis and calculation of the amplitude attenuation, phase delay, and noise mixing. The feasibility and effectiveness of dynamic error analysis method proposed in this paper could be verified by comparing the difference of the set parameter and the calculated error parameter.
In order to improve the searching efficiency and accuracy, initial and are set to . And the step reduces in every iteration.
Define recognition accuracy as . A high recognition accuracy could verify a good dynamic error analysis capability.
6.2. Experiment Platform
A square PC plate is used to construct the smart plate. The elastic modulus is , Poisson’s ratio is 0.33, the density is , and the size of the plate is mm. 25 orthogonal pairs of FBG sensors are bonded on the front and back of the plate. Each pair of the orthogonal FBG sensors can measure the structural strain in horizontal direction and vertical direction, respectively.
With the constructed smart FBG plate, a vibration shape reconstruction experiment platform is built as shown in Figure 12. The experimental platform contains a support base, the smart FBG plate, an excitation system, strain measurement system, displacement measurement system, and shape reconstruction software system. The support base of the experimental platform is an optical experiment table. The table type is . The excitation system contains a signal generator, a power amplifier, and an exciter. The strain measurement system consisted of the FBG sensors and the fiber grating network analyzer. It can collect the grating wavelength signal of the FBG sensors precisely for strain and curvature calculation. Displacement measurement system consisted of threedimensional guide, motion controller, motor driver, laser displacement sensor, and data acquisition software. It can achieve realtime acquisition of the vibration displacement of the smart FBG plate. The software system contains a server and a client. The server is used for data transmission of the original data. The client is used for realtime shape reconstruction. The reconstruction result can display dynamically and visually on the screen.
The photo of the experimental platform is shown in Figure 13. The range of FBG sensor central wavelength is 1532 nm~1568 nm. The type of the fiber grating network analyzer is FONA2008C. Its precision is 1 pm. The type of the signal generator is SFG2110. The type of the power amplifier is . The type of the exciter is JZK10 with maximum exciting force of 200 N. The model of laser displacement sensor is LKGD500. The accuracy of the threedimensional guide is 0.0025 mm.
7. Simulation and Experiment Results
7.1. Shape Reconstruction Experiment
The proposed dynamic error analysis method can be used to value the shape reconstruction performance. To test the effectiveness of the proposed error analysis method, geometrical reconstruction method proposed in [19] is adopted in our simulation and experiment analysis. Sweeping frequency technique is used to find the natural frequency of the smart plate. While the vibration frequency is higher than the sixth natural frequency, the maximum vibration displacement of the smart plate is relatively small. So the shape reconstruction in our experiment is only done for the first six natural frequencies. The reconstructed vibration shape at the second natural frequency is shown in Figure 14.
(a) The actual vibration shape
(b) The reconstructed shape
7.2. Simulation Verification
To test the effectiveness of proposed dynamic error analysis algorithm, six different excitations are applied. 2.3 Hz, 4.2 Hz, and 5.9 Hz are the first three resonance frequencies and 1.5 Hz, 3.5 Hz, and 5.0 Hz are nonresonance frequencies. The simulation results are shown in Table 1.

In Table 1, SA represents set attenuation of the output signal. DA represents distinguished attenuation with the error analysis system. ADP represents attenuation distinguished precision of the error analysis method. SDT represents set delay time of the signal phase. DDT represents attenuation delay time of the signal phase. DDP represents delay distinguished precision of the signal phase with the error analysis method. SN represents set noise of the actual output signal. DN represents distinguished noise with the error analysis system. NDP represents noise distinguished precision of the error analysis method. The frequencies of 2.3 Hz, 4.2 Hz, and 5.9 Hz are the first three modal frequencies of FBG smart plate structure. As shown in Table 1, for different vibration frequencies, the identification accuracy of signal attenuation value is not less than 99.15%. The identification accuracy of the signal delay is 100.00%; the identification accuracy of the noise mixing is not less than 85.00%. It can be seen that the algorithm can be set to accurately identify the errors of different amplitude attenuation, phase delay, and noise mixing. The identification accuracy of the amplitude attenuation and phase delay is higher, and noise identification is lower. Figure 15 shows the convergence process of the proposed algorithm. Figure 15(a) is the convergence process of LMS1 algorithm, and Figure 15(b) is the convergence process of LMS2 algorithm. It is shown that the proposed algorithm could rapidly converge in the calculation process, indicating that the algorithm has a good searching capability.
(a) Convergence of
(b) Convergence of
7.3. Experimental Verification
In the vibration experiments, the excitation frequencies are the same as in Table 1. 2.3 Hz, 4.2 Hz, and 5.9 Hz are the first three resonance frequencies and 1.5 Hz, 3.5 Hz, and 5.0 Hz are nonresonance frequencies. The reconstruction experiment results for the first three modals are shown in Figure 16. The performance of the proposed reconstruction algorithm is very good. The fitting curve and the actual curve are nearly the same.
(a) Experimental result at 2.3 Hz
(b) Experimental result at 4.2 Hz
(c) Experimental result at 5.9 Hz
Using traditional static error analysis method, the calculation equation for reconstruction accuracy is shown as follows:
Here, is the number of the measurement points and is the difference between the measuring displacement and reconstruction displacement for a measurement point at the time . is the measuring displacement of the measurement point measured at the time .
Our proposed method can measure the ratio between the actual vibration amplitude and reconstructed vibration amplitude. The calculation equation of the reconstruction accuracy is
As shown in Table 1, and are similar, indicating that our proposed algorithm could also value the static reconstruction performance. But amplitude only gives limited information for the reconstruction performance.
Using the obtained actual displacement data and the reconstruction displacement data, the dynamic error analysis results are shown in Table 2.

As shown in Table 2, the phase delay of each experiment varies in the range 16.67 ms~20.30 ms, indicating that the phase delay is a fixed delay time value. The delay time is much less than the minimum vibration period, 169.5 ms (at 5.9 Hz), indicating that the reconstruction algorithm has a good following ability. The algorithm can also identify the amplitude and expectation of the mixing noise. As the vibration frequency increases, the vibration amplitude decreases. Meanwhile the mixing noise introduced by the algorithm is also decreased.
8. Conclusion
A new dynamic data error analysis method is proposed in this paper. The detailed analysis process is illustrated, including the construction of the dynamic error analysis model and the LMS algorithm based parameter identification method. Simulation and experiment results show that the proposed dynamic error analysis method can accurately obtain the dynamic characteristics of the FBG smart plate structure reconstruction algorithm including signal amplitude attenuation, phase delay, and noise mixing. It can provide a theoretical basis and technical support for the improvement and engineering realization of various shape reconstruction algorithms. It can also apply to some other applications that need dynamic data analysis.
Nomenclature
:  Vibration signal at time of a testing point on the structure surface 
:  Reconstructed output 
:  System model 
:  Theoretical output 
:  The introduced error 
:  Filter 
:  Filtered 
:  The adaptive filter to identify 
:  Output of 
:  Difference of and 
:  The identified model of 
:  The estimated model of 
:  Filter output 
:  Difference of and 
:  Model for . 
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
Acknowledgments
This paper is sponsored by program of National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 51175319), Innovation program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (no. 13ZZ075), and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Power Station Automation Technology.
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