Building Identification: Needs and Means

by A. E. Aktan, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, LA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Response of Structures


The need to conduct 'system identification' of existing buildings by nondestructive testing is discussed. A recommended flow-chart is exemplified. Existing dynamic test procedures and associated algorithms permitted reliable identification of only several frequencies and mode shapes of a 7-story test building. A direct measurement of the flexibility coefficients was possible by static tests. This permitted a reliable and comprehensive identification.

Subject Headings: Nondestructive tests | System analysis | Statics (mechanics) | Static tests | Structural dynamics | Existing buildings | Dynamic tests | Vibration

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