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Unformatted text preview: nistic designation are transient in form. The choice of input to be used to excite a system in order to determine frequency response functions depends upon the characteristics of the system, upon the characteristics of the parameter estimation, and upon the expected utilization of the data. The characterization of the system is primarily concerned with the linearity of the system. As long as the system is linear, all input forms should give the same expected value. Naturally, though, all real systems have some degree of nonlinearity. Deterministic input signals result in frequency response functions that are dependent upon the signal level and type. A set of frequency response functions for different signal levels can be used to document the nonlinear characteristics of the system. Random input signals, in the presence of nonlinearities, result in a frequency response function that represents the best linear representation of the nonlinear characteristics for a given level of random signal input. For small nonlinearities, use of a random input will not differ greatly from the use of a deterministic input. The characterization of the parameter estimation is primarily concerned with the type of mathematical model being used to represent the frequency response function. Generally, the model is a linear summation based upon the modal parameters of the system. Unless the mathematical representation of all nonlinearities is known, the parameter estimation process cannot properly weight the frequency response function data to include nonlinear effects. For this reason, random input signals are prevalently used to obtain the best linear estimate of the frequency response function when a parameter estimation process using a linear model is to be utilized. The expected utilization of the data is concerned with the degree of detailed information required by any postprocessing task. For experimental modal analysis, this can range from implicit modal vectors needed for troubleshooting to explicit modal vectors used in an orthogonality check. As more detail is required, input signals, both random and deterministic, will need to match the system characteristics and parameter estimation characteristics more closely. In all possible uses of frequency response function data, the conﬂicting requirements of the need for accuracy, equipment availability, testing time, and testing cost will normally reduce the possible choices of input signal. With respect to the reduction of the variance and bias errors of the frequency response function, (546) +UCSDRLRJA CN20263663/664 Revision: June 12, 2001 + random or deterministic signals can be utilized most effectively if the signals are periodic with respect to the sample period or totally observable with respect to the sample period. If either of these criteria are satisﬁed, regardless of signal type, the predominant bias error, leakage, will be eliminated. If these criteria are not satisﬁed, the leakage error m...
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