Updating finite element model using frequency domain decomposition method and bees algorithm

Document Type : Research Paper


1 kiyanpars-12st avenue-no27

2 Shahid Chamran University of Ahwaz, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering group.

3 computer &mathematical sciences, chamran university, ahvaz


The following study deals with the updating the finite element model of structures using the operational modal analysis. The updating process uses an evolutionary optimization algorithm, namely bees algorithm which applies instinctive behavior of honeybees for finding food sources. To determine the uncertain updated parameters such as geometry and material properties of the structure, local and global sensitivity analyses have been performed. The sum of the squared errors between the natural frequencies obtained from operational modal analysis and the finite element method is used to define the objective function. The experimental natural frequencies are determined by frequency domain decomposition technique which is considered as an efficient operational modal analysis method. To verify the accuracy of the proposed algorithm, it is implemented on a three-story structure to update its finite element model. Moreover, to study the efficiency of bees algorithm, its results are compared with those particle swarm optimization and Nelder and Mead methods. The results show that this algorithm leads more accurate results with faster convergence. In addition, modal assurance criterion is calculated for updated finite element model and frequency domain decomposition technique. Moreover, finding the best locations of acceleration and shaker mounting in order to accurate experiments are explained.


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Volume 48, Issue 1
June 2017
Pages 75-88
  • Receive Date: 04 May 2017
  • Revise Date: 29 May 2017
  • Accept Date: 21 June 2017