Evaluating bolt connecting faults in ring-type structures with nonlinear fault-induced loads and transmissibility functions

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Original languageEnglish
Article number110212
Journal / PublicationMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Online published17 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2023


Existing vibration-based methods often encounter some obvious limitations when they are applied to evaluate bolt connecting faults in ring-type structures, e.g., steel truss bridges in civil engineering and copper interlaced pipes in aerospace engineering. To overcome these limitations like ignorance of structural nonlinear boundaries, consideration of entire structural dynamics, and requirement of benchmark vibration data etc., a novel fault evaluation method is thus proposed. To this aim, the dynamic behaviour of ring-type structures is described by a discrete ring-type multiple degree-of-freedom (MDOF) model with nonlinear connecting components simulating bolt connecting faults and structural nonlinear boundaries. By exciting the ring-type structure three times with appropriate amplitudes of harmonic excitations, stationary vibration data are collected and evaluation features based on nonlinear fault-induced loads and transmissibility functions are defined. Finally, an effective evaluation method with sensitive and local indexes is established for complex ring-type structures. The method works with only three-time excitations for measured output data, and it is easy to implement to many other similar structures with complex, coupling and inter-connected nonlinearities. Experimental results with comparison to other two general nonlinear transmissibility function-based methods vindicate that the proposed method is more reliable and sensitive, demonstrating a totally new approach to such a challenging issue in engineering practices. © 2023 Elsevier Ltd

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  • Bolt connection, Fault evaluation, Fault-induced load, Ring-type structure, Transmissibility function

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