On the application of topological data analysis: a Z24 Bridge case study

by   Tristan Gowdridge, et al.

Topological methods are very rarely used in structural health monitoring (SHM), or indeed in structural dynamics generally, especially when considering the structure and topology of observed data. Topological methods can provide a way of proposing new metrics and methods of scrutinising data, that otherwise may be overlooked. In this work, a method of quantifying the shape of data, via a topic called topological data analysis will be introduced. The main tool within topological data analysis is persistent homology. Persistent homology is a method of quantifying the shape of data over a range of length scales. The required background and a method of computing persistent homology is briefly introduced here. Ideas from topological data analysis are applied to a Z24 Bridge case study, to scrutinise different data partitions, classified by the conditions at which the data were collected. A metric, from topological data analysis, is used to compare between the partitions. The results presented demonstrate that the presence of damage alters the manifold shape more significantly than the effects present from temperature.


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