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Database for Structural Control and Monitoring Benchmark Problems



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Tremendous progress has been made over the last two decades toward making structural monitoring and control a viable technology for enhancing structural functionality and safety against natural hazards such as strong earthquakes and high winds. Over the years, many algorithms and devices have been investigated, each with its own merits, depending on the particular application and desired effect. Until recently, definitive studies demonstrating the pros and cons of the different approaches have been unavailable. Clearly, the ability to make direct comparisons between strategies employing various algorithms and devices is necessary to focus future efforts in the most promising directions and to effectively set performance goals and specifications.

Since 1995, several benchmark problems have been proposed by the structural control and monitoring communities (within the ASCE Committee on Structural Control and the IASCM Task Groups on Structural Control and on Structural Health Monitoring) to evaluate the relative effectiveness and implementability of various algorithms and to provide an analytical testbed for evaluation of various control design issues. These benchmark problems are collected here for the research community to download and use. Each problem statement includes
  • the problem definition report,
  • a photo or diagram of the structure used for the benchmark,
  • a video if available, and
  • a zip file containing the matlab data/simulation files and other required documentation.

A citation to the original publication presenting the problem statement to the community is also shown.

Researchers are encouraged to download these benchmark problems and use them to compare proposed algorithms and methods with those of other researchers. Each of these problems has been tackled by many researchers around the world, and a wealth of publications exist in the literature describing various solutions to the structural control and monitoring problems provided here. Many of these problems also contain a sample solution, which provides an excellent exercise for researchers new to structural control and monitoring.

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Shirley Dyke, Anil Kumar Agrawal, Juan M Caicedo, Richard Christenson, Henri P Gavin, Erik A Johnson, Satish Nagarajaiah, Sriram Narasimhan, Billie F. Spencer (2010). "Database for Structural Control and Monitoring Benchmark Problems," Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (database), Dataset, DOI:10.4231/D3Q52FC7T.