Document Type : Technical Paper


1 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2 Department of Civil Engineering, K.N.TOOSI University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

3 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


A structural health monitoring system contains two components, i.e. a data collection approach comprising a network of sensors for recording the structural responses as well as an extraction methodology in order to achieve beneficial information on the structural health condition. In this regard, data mining which is one of the emerging computer-based technologies, can be employed for extraction of valuable information from obtained sensor databases. On the other hand, data inverse analysis scheme as a problem-based procedure has been developing rapidly. Therefore, the aforesaid scheme and data mining should be combined in order to satisfy increasing demand of data analysis, especially in complex systems such as bridges. Consequently, this study develops a damage detection methodology based on these strategies. To this end, an inverse analysis approach using data mining is applied for a composite bridge. To aid the aim, the support vector machine (SVM) algorithm is utilized to generate the patterns by means of vibration characteristics dataset. To compare the robustness and accuracy of the predicted outputs, four kernel functions, including linear, polynomial, sigmoid, and radial basis function (RBF) are applied to build the patterns. The results point out the feasibility of the proposed method for detecting damage in composite slab-on-girder bridges.


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