Estimation of the full-field dynamic response of a floating bridge using Kalman-type filtering algorithms

Oyvind W. Petersen, Ole Øiseth, Torodd S. Nord, E. Lourens

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Numerical predictions of the dynamic response of complex structures are often uncertain due to uncertainties inherited from the assumed load effects. Inverse methods can estimate the true dynamic response of a structure through system inversion, combining measured acceleration data with a system model. This article presents a case study of full-field dynamic response estimation of a long-span floating bridge: the Bergøysund Bridge in Norway. This bridge is instrumented with a network of 14 triaxial accelerometers. The system model consists of 27 vibration modes with natural frequencies below 2 Hz, obtained from a tuned finite element model that takes the fluid-structure interaction with the surrounding water into account. Two methods, a joint input-state estimation algorithm and a dual Kalman filter, are applied to estimate the full-field response of the bridge. The results demonstrate that the displacements and the accelerations can be estimated at unmeasured locations with reasonable accuracy when the wave loads are the dominant source of excitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-28
Number of pages17
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • Floating bridge
  • Kalman filter
  • Response estimation
  • Structural monitoring


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