Impact force identification of aluminum plates using strain sensors

Satoshi Matsumoto, Masanori Tajima, Hisao Fukunaga

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This paper proposes a reliable method identifying both a location and a history of an impact force acting on a plate using multiple sensor responses. First, a fundamental relationship between an impact force and the strain responses is formulated based on the finite element method. The impact force history is precisely identified by the least-squares method containing a penalty term on derivative of force history. The location of impact force is determined by minimizing an error vector between measured strain responses and analytically evaluated ones. An application of proposed method to aluminum plates equipped with sensors is developed to discuss the validity of the present method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175s-184s
JournalStructural Engineering/Earthquake Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Aluminum plate
  • Finite element method
  • Impact force identification
  • PZT sensors
  • Strain gauges
  • Strain sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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