Laboratory for Dynamics of Machines and Structures 
Performance of the Expanded Virtual Point Transformation on a Complex Test Structure
 T. Bregar, A. El Mahmoudi, G. Čepon, D. J. Rixen and M. Boltežar
Experimental Techniques, August 2020

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The Virtual Point Transformation (VPT) makes it possible to experimentally identify the full DoF FRF matrix by projecting the measured displacements onto the Interface Deformation Modes (IDMs). The VP FRFs were already successfully used in Frequency-Based Substructuring (FBS); however, the VPT is susceptible to deviations in the impact location and orientation, as well as to deviations in the sensor's sensitivity and positioning. Uncertainties associated with the sensors can be decreased by using the expanded VPT. This expanded VPT allows the projection of a directly measured rotational response onto the Interface Deformation Modes (IDMs). The consistency of the transformation is achieved by using a rotational weighting matrix, which is formulated to minimize the norm of the overall displacements due to the rotational residual at the VP for each rotational sensor. The rotational response is measured using a direct piezoelectric rotational accelerometer. In this paper the application of the expanded virtual point transformation and the possible advantages are explored on a complex and engineering-like test structure. Both transformations, standard and expanded, are performed for each VP to enable a side-by-side comparison.

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Tomaž Bregar, PhD Student

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Gregor Čepon, PhD

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Miha Boltežar, PhD

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