This report is composed of three manuscripts. The first manuscript illustrates the concepts of feature assimilation and noise sensitivity on an arch-like structure using both numerical and experimental analysis. The second study investigates the damage indicative features extracted in the modal, frequency and time domain. Vibration measurements of a Gothic vaulted masonry monument undergoing differential support settlement are used and it is shown that vibration measurements offer a practical solution to detect vault-wall separation. The third study is focused on finding optimal sensor locations for vibration testing of Gothic Cathedrals. A modified version of the Effective Independence Method is used for this purpose. This report aims to develop a best-iii practices guide for effective application of SHM for the use of professionals involved in assessing, preserving and maintaining cultural monuments.
This research was made possible through Grant MT-2210-10-NC-01 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).