Best basis compressive sensing of guided waves in structural health monitoring

Alessandro Perelli, Luca De Marchi, Luca Flamigni, Alessandro Marzani, Guido Masetti

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A novel signal compression and reconstruction procedure suitable for guided wave based structural health monitoring (SHM) applications is presented. The proposed approach combines the wavelet packet transform and frequency warping to generate a sparse decomposition of the acquired dispersive signal. The sparsity of the signal in the considered representation is exploited to develop data compression strategy based on the Best-Basis Compressive sensing (CS) theory. The proposed data compression strategy has been compared with the transform encoder based on the Embedded Zerotree (EZT), a well known data compression algorithm. These approaches are tested on experimental Lamb wave signals obtained by acquiring acoustic emissions in a 1 m^2 aluminum plate with conventional piezoelectric sensors. The performances of the two methods are analyzed by varying the compression ratio in the range 40–80%, and measuring the discrepancy between the original and the reconstructed signal. Results show the improvement in signal reconstruction with the use of the modified CS framework with respect to transform-encoders such as the EZT algorithm with Huffman coding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalDigital Signal Processing
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


  • Wavelet packet best basis selection
  • Compressive sensing
  • Ultrasonic guided waves
  • Embedded Zerotree wavelet algorithm
  • Wavelet filters optimization
  • Frequency warping transform


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