Hyperchaotic probe for damage identification using nonlinear prediction error

Shahab Torkamani, Eric A. Butcher, Michael D. Todd, Gyuhae Park

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The idea of damage assessment based on using a steady-state chaotic excitation and state space embedding, proposed during the recent few years, has led to the development of a computationally feasible health monitoring technique based on comparisons between the geometry of a baseline attractor and a test attractor at some unknown state of health. This study explores an extension to this concept, namely a hyperchaotic excitation. Three different types of Lorenz chaotic/hyperchaotic oscillators are used to provide the excitations and comparisons are made using a prediction error feature called 'nonlinear auto-prediction error', which is based on attractor geometry, to evaluate the efficiency of chaotic excitation versus hyperchaotic ones. An 8-degree-of-freedom system and a cantilever beam are two models that are used for numerical simulation. A comparison between the results from the chaotic excitation with the results from each of the hyperchaotic excitations, obtained for both of the numerical models, highlights the higher sensitivity of a hyperchaotic excitation relative to a chaotic excitation. The experimental results also confirm the numerical results conveying the higher sensitivity of the hyperchaotic excitation compared to the chaotic one. A hyperchaotic excitation having three positive Lyapunov exponents is shown in some cases to be even more sensitive than a two-positive-Lyapunov-exponent hyperchaotic excitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-473
Number of pages17
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Attractor geometry
  • Damage identification
  • Hyperchaotic excitation
  • Prediction error

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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