Faculty Advisor

Kim, Yeesock


This report combines concepts of structural engineering with the field of biomechanics, through human-induced loading. The study analyzes responses of a steel I-beam under the activity of jumping. State-space system identification approach was utilized to create a model that could adhere to various tests and simulations. The model was used to generate simulated output responses to monitor the overall health of the structure. Included, is the analysis and design of the provided structure, along with the system identification and continuous-time representation of the state-space model. A number of PZT devices and software were used as well. Results were evaluated to determine effects on human comfort and system performance. Conclusions involve finishing thoughts and future recommendations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016


Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering