Automated modal parameter estimation using correlation analysis and bootstrap sampling
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

The estimation of modal parameters from a set of noisy measured data is a highly judgmental task, with user expertise playing a significant role in distinguishing between estimated physical and noise modes of a test-piece. Various methods have been developed to automate this procedure. The common approach is to identify models with different orders and cluster similar modes together. However, most proposed methods based on this approach suffer from high-dimensional optimization problems in either the estimation or clustering step. To overcome this problem, this study presents an algorithm for autonomous modal parameter estimation in which the only required optimization is performed in a three-dimensional space. To this end, a subspace-based identification method is employed for the estimation and a non-iterative correlation-based method is used for the clustering. This clustering is at the heart of the paper. The keys to success are correlation metrics that are able to treat the problems of spatial eigenvector aliasing and nonunique eigenvectors of coalescent modes simultaneously. The algorithm commences by the identification of an excessively high-order model from frequency response function test data. The high number of modes of this model provides bases for two subspaces: one for likely physical modes of the tested system and one for its complement dubbed the subspace of noise modes. By employing the bootstrap resampling technique, several subsets are generated from the same basic dataset and for each of them a model is identified to form a set of models. Then, by correlation analysis with the two aforementioned subspaces, highly correlated modes of these models which appear repeatedly are clustered together and the noise modes are collected in a so-called Trashbox cluster. Stray noise modes attracted to the mode clusters are trimmed away in a second step by correlation analysis. The final step of the algorithm is a fuzzy c-means clustering procedure applied to a three-dimensional feature space to assign a degree of physicalness to each cluster. The proposed algorithm is applied to two case studies: one with synthetic data and one with real test data obtained from a hammer impact test. The results indicate that the algorithm successfully clusters similar modes and gives a reasonable quantification of the extent to which each cluster is physical.

Frequency responses

Correlation-based clustering

Modal parameter estimation

Fuzzy c-means clustering


Subspace-based identification

Modal Observability Correlation

QR- and singular value decomposition


Vahid Yaghoubi Nasrabadi

Institutionen för mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Dynamik

Majid Khorsand Vakilzadeh

Institutionen för mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Dynamik

Thomas Abrahamsson

Institutionen för mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Dynamik

Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing

0888-3270 (ISSN) 1096-1216 (eISSN)

Vol. 100 289-310