Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 37–44

A genetic algorithm for determining the location of structural impacts

  • James F. Doyle

DOI: 10.1007/BF02328440

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Doyle, J.F. Experimental Mechanics (1994) 34: 37. doi:10.1007/BF02328440


The spectral-element method, which is very suitable for solving force-identification problems, is combined with a stochastic genetic algorithm to give a scheme that can locate the source of structural impacts. The results are demonstrated with experimental data from the impact of an aluminum beam.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James F. Doyle
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  1. 1.School of Aeronautics and AstronauticsPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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