Experimental modal analysis (EMA) is widely used to characterize the dynamic properties of structures. Recently EMA is being used on more complex structures often involving hundreds of measurement points. Modal analysis results are frequently used in combination with numerical models, imposing higher standards on the quality of the modal parameter estimation and the accuracy of the geometry models. These requirements are often contradictory to the availability of test cells and prototypes.
In order to solve this challenge, innovative solutions using optical techniques have been developed that simplify and accelerate the creation of a geometrical model of a test object, while at the same time increase the accuracy of measured coordinates. Industrial applicability of these techniques is proven by a number of benchmarks on real-life structures.