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An investigation on the application of operational modal analysis

Büke, Fatih
Modal parameter identification of a structure is done through modal testing and modal analysis using various system identification methods. These methods employ linear input-output relationships to extract the modes of a structure. There are cases where laboratory testing of a structure is not possible or information about the structure under operating conditions is seeked. A set of techniques called Operational Modal Analysis have been developed for modal parameter identification in operating conditions of a structure. These techniques use only response measurements to extract the modes. The aim of this study is to investigate the applicability and use of three selected time-domain methods adapted to operational modal analysis. The algorithms are programmed in Matlab© environment, and various cases are evaluated using computer simulations for each method. Two of the selected methods are evaluated on a laboratory scale test setup.