Description: This paper presents experimental results from the vibration of a polycarbonate beam containing a crack that opens and closes during vibration. Several techniques were employed to detect and locate the crack making use of the nonlinearity. ``Harmonic mode shapes`` proved to be more sensitive to damage than conventional mode shapes. Instantaneous frequency and time-frequency methods also showed clear signatures for the crack. The results indicate that nonlinearities may provide increased capabilities for structural damage detection and location.
Date: December 31, 1995
Creator: Prime, M.B. & Shevitz, D.W.
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