Finite element model calibration of precast structures using ambient vibrations

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Osmancikli G., Bayraktar A., TÜRKER T., Ucak S., Mosallam A.

CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, vol.93, pp.10-21, 2015 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 93
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.05.096
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.10-21


In this paper, the finite element model calibration of precast structures was investigated by considering ambient vibration test results. Two precast structures, an overpass and a precast production facility, were selected for investigation. The initial finite element models of these structures were developed by using SAP2000 software and the initial dynamic characteristics were determined. The experimental measurements were carried out by Operational Modal Analysis method under ambient vibrations, such as wind and traffic loads, and the exact dynamic characteristics were identified experimentally. During the ambient vibration tests, structural responses were measured on different points of these precast structures. Measurement time, frequency span and effective mode number were determined by the pretest investigations. The modal parameters were extracted from the collected signals by Enhanced Frequency Domain Decomposition and Stochastic Subspace Identification techniques. At the end of the study, the analytical and experimental dynamic characteristics were compared with each other and the initial finite element models of these structures were updated by changing the stiffness coefficients of the connection joints. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.