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An Experimental Investigation of State-Variable Modal Decomposition Method for Modal Analysis

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Umar Farooq, Brian F. Feeny

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Paper No. DETC2009-87060, pp. 597-608; 12 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 22nd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4898-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


This work presents the experimental evaluation of the statevariable modal decomposition (SVMD) method for modal parameter estimation of multi degree-of-freedom (MDOF) vibration systems. Using output response ensembles only, the generalized eigenvalue problem is formed to estimate eigen frequencies and modal vectors for a lightly damped linear clamped-free experimental Euler beam. The estimated frequencies and modal vectors are compared against the theoretical system frequencies and modal vectors. Satisfactory results are obtained for estimating both system frequencies and modal vectors for the first five modes. To validate the actual modes from the spurious ones, modal coordinates are employed that together with frequency and vector estimates substantiate the true modes. The paper also addresses the error associated with estimation when the number of sensors is less than the active/dominant modes of the system shown via a numerical example.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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