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FE Simulation of a SHM System for a Large Radio-Telescope

Francesco Caputo(1*), Alessandro De Luca(2), Alessandro Greco(3), Saverio Maietta(4), Marco Bellucci(5)

(1) Department of Engineering, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy
(2) Department of Engineering, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy
(3) Department of Engineering, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy
(4) Department of Industrial Engineering, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
(5) Mare engineering SpA, Italy
(*) Corresponding author



This paper deals with a numerical investigation, based on the Finite Element (FE) theory, of a Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system for a large radio-telescope, aimed to damage detection and location. The investigated SHM system is based on the comparison of the Frequency Response Functions (FRFs) achieved under both pristine and damaged configurations, respectively. A preliminary study has been carried out in order to achieve information on the optimal sensors locations. As a result, the structural response of the radio-telescope under the in-service loading conditions has been numerically investigated. All FE analyses have been carried out by means of MD Nastran® code.
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Radio-Telescope; SHM; FE Analysis; Damage; Modelling

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