Database for Structural Control and Monitoring Benchmark Problems

By Shirley Dyke1, Anil Kumar Agrawal2, Juan M Caicedo3, Richard Christenson4, Henri Gavin5, Erik Johnson6, Satish Nagarajaiah7, Sriram Narasimhan8, Bill Spencer9

1. Purdue University 2. The City University of New York 3. University of South Carolina 4. University of Connecticut 5. Duke University 6. University of Southern California 7. Rice University 8. University of Waterloo 9. University of Illinois, Urbana

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Steel-frame scale structure (photo courtesy: Prof. Carlos Ventura, UBC)
        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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  • Shirley Dyke; Anil Kumar Agrawal; Juan M Caicedo; Richard Christenson; Henri Gavin; Erik Johnson; Satish Nagarajaiah; Sriram Narasimhan; Bill Spencer (2016), "Database for Structural Control and Monitoring Benchmark Problems,"

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