Bridge diagnosis system by using nonlinear independent component analysis

Juanqing Zheng*, Qingwen Wang, Harutoshi Ogai, Chen Shao, Jingqiu Huang

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The aim of this paper is to structure a daily diagnosis system for bridge monitoring and maintenance. Technology of wireless sensor, signal processing and structure analysis are used in this diagnosis system. The vibration data are collected through wireless sensor network by exerting some external forces such as running vehicles. Then use nonlinear independent component analysis (nonlinear ICA) and spectral analysis to analyze the data for extracting character frequency. In the past, linear ICA such as FastICA is used to do the signal processing step. But simple linear ICA algorithms work efficiently only in linear mixing environments. Whereas a nonlinear ICA model, which is more complicated, would be more practical for bridge diagnosis system. In this paper, we firstly use post nonlinear (PNL) method to change the data from nonlinear to linear, after that do linear separation by FastICA. Through the processed data this diagnosis technology can be used to understand the phenomena like corrosion and crack and evaluate the health condition of a bridge. We apply this system to do experiments at Nakajima Bridge in Yahata, Kitakyushu, Japan and successfully extract the character frequency of a bridge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SICE Annual Conference 2010, SICE 2010 - Final Program and Papers
PublisherSociety of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9784907764364
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1

Publication series

NameProceedings of the SICE Annual Conference


  • Bridge diagnosis system
  • Independent component analysis
  • Post nonlinear method
  • Wireless sensor network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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