A pretest planning method for model calibration for nonlinear systems
Paper i proceeding, 2016

With increasing demands on more flexible and lighter engineering structures, it has been more common to take nonlinearity into account. Model calibration is an important procedure for nonlinear analysis in structural dynamics with many industrial applications. Pretest planning plays a key role in the previously proposed calibration method for nonlinear systems, which is based on multi-harmonic excitation and an effective optimization routine. This paper aims to improve the pretest planning strategy for the proposed calibration method. In this study, the Fisher information matrix (FIM), which is calculated from the gradients with respect to the chosen parameters with unknown values, is used for determining the locations, frequency range, and the amplitudes of the excitations as well as the sensor placements. This pretest planning based model calibration method is validated by a structure with clearance nonlinearity. Synthetic test data is used to simulate the test procedure. Model calibration and K-fold cross validation are conducted for the optimum configurations selected from the pretest planning as well as three other configurations. The calibration and cross validation results show that a more accurate estimation of parameters can be obtained by using test data from the optimum configuration.

Pretest planning

Nonlinear model calibration

Multi-harmonic excitation

Fisher information matrix



Yousheng Chen

Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö

Andreas Linderholt

Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö

Thomas Abrahamsson

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

Y. X. Xia

University of the West of England

M. I. Friswell

Swansea University

Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series

2191-5652 (eISSN)

Vol. 3 371-379