Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering


Engineering, Civil.




In this thesis, the modal identification problem is pursued using two different optimization approaches. The first approach is a deterministic optimization approach that minimizes the output model error in the time domain between a direct solution using the modal model and the measured response. Examples of single-input single-output identification are used to illustrate this method; it has been shown this approach is robust against noise and can be used to fine-tune the modal parameter, especially for the damping. The second approach is based on probabilistic optimization; the objective function is defined as the a posteriori probabilistic density of the parameters given observations/measurements. The conditional probability density is computed using the Bayesian theory of minimum-mean-square-error estimation. Examples of single-output under ambient excitation are simulated to demonstrate this approach. This methodology allows one to obtain not only the estimated parameters in the form of probabilistic mean but also the uncertainties in the form of covariance. The optimization approaches works though the minimization of an objective function which can be calculated from given set of modal/model parameters. Since there is no gradient or Hessian available for the objective functions defined in this thesis, two direct optimization methods: Nelder-Mead simplex and the Genetic Algorithm are adopted to search the minimum of defined objective functions and thus find the structural parameters. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .L52. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1437. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.