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Benchmarking Optimisation Methods for Model Selection and Parameter Estimation of Nonlinear Systems.

Safari, S. and Londoño Monsalve, J., 2021. Benchmarking Optimisation Methods for Model Selection and Parameter Estimation of Nonlinear Systems. Vibration, 4 (3), 648-665.

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DOI: 10.3390/vibration4030036


Characterisation and quantification of nonlinearities in the engineering structures include selecting and fitting a good mathematical model to a set of experimental vibration data with significant nonlinear features. These tasks involve solving an optimisation problem where it is difficult to choose a priori the best optimisation technique. This paper presents a systematic comparison of ten optimisation methods used to select the best nonlinear model and estimate its parameters through nonlinear system identification. The model selection framework fits the structure’s equation of motions using time-domain dynamic response data and takes into account couplings due to the presence of the nonlinearities. Three benchmark problems are used to evaluate the performance of two families of optimisation methods: (i) deterministic local searches and (ii) global optimisation metaheuristics. Furthermore, hybrid local–global optimisation methods are examined. All benchmark problems include a free play nonlinearity commonly found in mechanical structures. Multiple performance criteria are considered based on computational efficiency and robustness, that is, finding the best nonlinear model. Results show that hybrid methods, that is, the multi-start strategy with local gradient-based Levenberg–Marquardt method and the particle swarm with Levenberg–Marquardt method, lead to a successful selection of nonlinear models and an accurate estimation of their parameters within acceptable computational times.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:nonlinear system identification; data-driven model; nonlinearity characterization; nonlinear structures; nonlinear optimization; free play nonlinearity
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:38697
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:28 Jun 2023 15:14
Last Modified:28 Jun 2023 15:14


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