Application of wavelet synchro-squeezed transform (WSST) method to railway bridge health monitoring

Neda Mostafa*, Richard Loendersloot, Dario Di Maio, Tiedo Tinga

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Typically, the identification of resonant frequencies in railway bridges is carried out from free-decay stationary signals as a train leaves the bridge. The same identification proves very challenging when nonstationary vibrations are measured as a train traverses the bridge. Despite the numerous attempts, nonstationary signals with low modulating frequencies are still difficult to be processed. This paper attempts to evaluate the bridge-vehicle first bending resonance by a method known as Wavelet Synchro-Squeezed Transform (WSST). The significant advantage of this signal processing method is to deal with low-frequency modulations, which are typical of long bridges. This research focusses on a Finite Element Model (FEM) of a bridge simulating the nonstationary vibration responses exerted by a spring-mass model traversing the bridge. The paper sets two objectives, and the first one is to investigate how the WSST analyses nonstationary signals generated by the FE model. The instantaneous frequency trace of the bridge-vehicle system will be compared to a similar frequency trace, that is created by performing several modal analyses at different locations of the bridge. The second objective of the paper is to investigate if the instantaneous frequency obtained from WSST is suitable for damage detection, as the FE model is fitted with damages. Both objectives are met, and the results will be presented. The trace of the first natural frequency matches well the one calculated by the WSST, and the instantaneous frequency shows to be capable of detecting damages included in the model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURODYN 2020 - XI International Conference on Structural Dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
EditorsManolis Papadrakakis, Michalis Fragiadakis, Costas Papadimitriou
Place of PublicationAthens
PublisherNational Technical University of Athens
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-618-85072-2-7 (Set), 978-618-85072-0-3 (I)
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event11th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2020 - Virtual
Duration: 23 Nov 202026 Nov 2020
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Structural Dynamic , EURODYN
PublisherNational Technical University of Athens
ISSN (Print)2311-9020


Conference11th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2020
Abbreviated titleEURODYN


  • Health monitoring
  • Vehicle-bridge interaction
  • WSST


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