Dynamic Load Identification for Structures with Unknown Parameters

Hongzhi Tang, Jinhui Jiang, M. Shadi Mohamed, Fang Zhang, Xu Wang

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The inverse problem and the direct problem are symmetrical to each other. As a mathematical method for inverse problems, dynamic load identification is applicable to the situation when the load acting on the structure is difficult to measure directly. In addition, in most practical fields, the exact value of the structural parameters cannot be obtained precisely, which makes the inverse problem beyond the capabilities of traditional dynamic load identification methods. Hence, in this work, we propose a dynamic load identification algorithm based on the extended Kalman filter (EKF) for a structure with unknown parameters. The algorithm is discussed under different conditions where the unknown parameters are either the stiffness or the mass of the structure. Such a case has not been considered in other literature yet. In order to verify the advantages of the proposed method, the recursive least square method was also used to compare the results. A 5-Dof symmetric system with unknown coefficients was selected for numerical simulation examples, and the influence of noise on the algorithm was also considered in the simulation. The results show that the proposed algorithm is effective for structures with unknown mass and stiffness coefficients. Compared with the recursive least square method, the method proposed in this paper has the higher accuracy and a wider application scope.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2449
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2022


  • dynamic load identification
  • extended Kalman filter
  • recursive least square method
  • unknown parameter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • General Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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