This paper presents a method for detection and characterisation of structural non-linearities from a single frequency response function using the Hilbert transform in the frequency domain and artificial neural networks. A frequency response function is described based on its Hilbert transform using several common and newly introduced scalar parameters, termed non-linearity indexes, to create training data of the artificial neural network. This network is subsequently used to detect the existence of non-linearity and classify its type. The theoretical background of the method is given and its usage is demonstrated on different numerical test cases created by single degree of freedom non-linear systems and a lumped parameter multi degree of freedom system with a geometric non-linearity. The method is also applied to several experimentally measured frequency response functions obtained from a cantilever beam with a clearance non-linearity and an under-platform damper experimental rig with a complex friction contact interface. It is shown that the method is a fast and noise-robust means of detecting and characterising non-linear behaviour from a single frequency response function.
- Non-linear system characterisation
- Hilbert transform
- Neural network classification
- Nonlinearity indexes