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Structural Control and Health Monitoring encompasses all theoretical and technological aspects of structural control, structural health monitoring theory and smart materials and structures. 

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Chief Editor, Professor Lucia Faravelli, is based at Zhejiang University, China. Her research interests include structural reliability, stochastic mechanics, and structural control.

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Structural Control and Health Monitoring is the official journal of the International Association for Structural Control and Monitoring and the European Association for the Control of Structures.

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An Improved Structural Displacement Monitoring Approach by Acceleration-Aided Tilt Camera Measurement

Computer vision is becoming one of the most popular remote-sensing techniques and has been used widely in displacement monitoring and damage identification of in-service bridges. Nevertheless, several obstacles, including limited sampling rate, insufficient resolution for remote measurement, and error induced by camera tilting, restrict the application of vision-based approaches in structural health monitoring (SHM). The combination of a traditional SHM system and a modern remote-sensing technique can significantly improve the accuracy and reliability of the monitoring system. To make full use of data collected in the traditional SHM system and computer vision technique and overcome their shortcomings, we presented an improved bridge displacement estimation approach for SHM purposes by fusing camera-based and acceleration measurements. First, we estimated the scaling factor, which transfers pixel displacement to real displacement under tilt photogrammetry, by the acceleration reconstructed and camera-based displacements in the same frequency band without the actual size of the structure or the measurement parameters. Then, we extracted the low-frequency displacement from the vision-based measurement, and we fused the high-frequency displacement that was reconstructed from the acceleration measurement to achieve high-accuracy displacement estimation. The efficiency of this method was validated through dynamic load tests on a suspension model bridge in the laboratory and field tests on a highway and subway cable-stayed bridge.

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A Smoothing EKF-UI-WDF Method for Simultaneous Identification of Structural Systems and Unknown Seismic Inputs without Direct Feedthrough

It is of great significance to identify structural state-parameters and the unknown seismic inputs using partial measurements of structural acceleration responses for the rapid evaluation of structures after unknown seismic excitations. However, unknown seismic inputs do not directly appear in the observation equations of measured absolute floor accelerations of building structures, i.e., there is no direct feedthrough of unknown seismic inputs in the observation equations. Current methods for the identification of joint structural systems and unknown inputs are either inapplicable or greatly influenced by measurement noises. In this paper, a method so-called smoothing extended Kalman filter with unknown input without direct feedthrough (smoothing EKF-UI-WDF) is proposed. The identification algorithm is derived in the framework of minimum-variance unbiased estimation (MVUE), and the smoothing technique is adopted to introduce subsequent observation steps in the current identification step. Then, structural states, parameters, and unknown seismic excitations without direct feedthrough are simultaneously identified recursively with only a few steps delay, and the identification results are tolerant to measurement noises. The proposed method is verified by a numerical simulation model and a practical engineering case study. Both identification results validate the effectiveness of the proposed method for the simultaneous identification of structural systems and seismic inputs without direct feedthrough.

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Rapid Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of Underwater Defective Pile Based on Two-Dimensional Images Obtained Using Mechanically Scanned Imaging Sonar

Three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction based on sonar imaging is an intuitive and comprehensible form for describing an underwater defective pile. Most existing 3-D reconstruction methods are inefficient as they require the extraction of numerous feature points from many sonar images. A rapid 3-D reconstruction method for underwater defective piles based on two-dimensional (2-D) images obtained using mechanically scanned imaging sonar (MSIS) is proposed herein. First, the correspondences between the geometric features of MSIS images and actual defects are established based on the mapping relationship between actual object and MSIS image. Subsequently, no more than three feature points are extracted from 2-D MSIS images to recognize the contour segments. The contour segments are assembled into the entire cross section and then into the entire defective pile. The applicability of the proposed method is verified via a 3-D reconstruction for a scaled-down pile with multiple defect distributions.

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Finite Element Model Updating of Bridge Structures Based on Improved Response Surface Methods

An accurate and reasonable finite element model is essential for bridge structural health monitoring and safety assessment. To improve the accuracy and efficiency of the finite element model updating, this paper proposes a finite element model updating method for bridge structures based on an improved response surface method. By introducing the radial basis function as the augmentation term of the polynomial function, a response surface model based on the augmentation polynomial is established, and the fitting accuracy of the global response surface model is improved. The convergence speed and accuracy of the response surface model optimization solution are improved by improving the regression step and annealing strategy in the simulated annealing algorithm. The method is validated using the numerical case of a simply supported beam and the finite element model of the main bridge of the Tonghe Songhua River Highway Bridge (Tonghe Bridge), and the safety condition of the main bridge of the Tonghe Bridge is evaluated using the updated finite element model. The results show that the maximum relative error of the updated parameters of the simply supported beam decreased from 13.011% before improvement to 0.719% after improvement, and the maximum relative error of the natural frequencies decreased from 0.728% before improvement to 0.225% after improvement; the maximum relative error of the natural frequencies of the finite element model of the Tonghe Bridge main bridge decreased from 21.68% before improvement to 4.23% after improvement. In April, May, and June of 2021, the main bridge of the Tonghe Bridge operated well and had a good security reserve.

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Multipoint Deformation Safety Monitoring Model for Concrete Arch Dams Based on Bayesian Model Selection and Averaging

The deformation properties of concrete arch dams are affected by the synergistic effects of multiple factors, featuring strong, multidimensional spatialtemporal evolution and distribution characteristics. This paper proposes a zoned safety monitoring model for arch dam deformation based on spatialtemporal similarity and model optimization to evaluate the deformation safety state of arch dam structures. First, zoned clustering of the deformation monitoring points at different locations of an arch dam was performed using a panel data multi-index clustering method to determine the deformation laws at different positions of the dam. Next, multipoint comprehensive displacements of the deformation properties of each zone were extracted using principal component analysis to extract the uniform deformation law of the monitoring point in each zone. Finally, we adopted Bayesian model selection (BMS) and Bayesian model averaging (BMA) for the regression model set, considering the uncertainty of the model. The engineering case study showed that BMA yielded robust and effective prediction results for the deformation of the arch dam. The analysis of the zoned deformation mechanism indicated that the deformation of the arch dam followed the general rule. The temperature component of the arch dam was mainly reflected in the middle with a hysteresis effect, and the time-dependent component was evident in both sides of the dam shoulder. The arch dam deformation safety monitoring model proposed in this study has strong robustness and interpretability, which can provide valuable technical support for analyzing the evolution of arch dam deformation properties.

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Two Dimensional Finite Difference Model with a Singularity Attenuation Factor for Structural Health Monitoring of Single Lap Joints

A finite difference algorithm that evaluates the health conditions of a bonded joint is presented and discussed. The mathematical formulation of the problem is developed, paying particular attention to the singularity around the corners of the joint and implementing an original discretisation method of the partial differential equations governing the propagation of the elastic waves. The equations are solved under the only hypothesis of a bidimensional field. The algorithm is sensible to defects in the bonded joint and can be used as an effective structural health monitoring tool, as proven by the experiments that show close agreement with the numerical simulations.

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