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Walkthrough Example

Start AFPoly by typing


af pol y
at the MATLAB command prompt. If an IMAT unit system has not already been set for the current MATLAB session, a selection dialog will be presented. After the application and modules are initialized, the
AFPoly user interface appears.
Read data using the File menu. AFPoly supports reading data from several different file types, or the MATLAB workspace. In this case, frequency response functions are read from the AFU file. The mode indicator functions that are plotted are
selected by checking the appropriate boxes and clicking the 'Apply' button, as shown below. Specific references or responses can be disabled by selecting them, accessing the context menu by right-clicking, and selecting 'Disable'. The
frequency range can be selected by moving the cursors on the plot. Simply click and drag the vertical line that runs between the horizontal arrows on the upper and lower edges of the plot. Other setup parameters can also be modified, as
described in the reference guide.

Start polyreference processing by clicking START at the bottom right of the window. AFPoly switches to the Poles module when completed.
Enter Pick Pole mode by either selecting 'Pick Poles' from the axes context menu or the Display > Poles menu, clicking the Pick Poles toolbar icon shown below, or pressing Ctrl-S.
Pick Poles by clicking on the red-highlighted pole marker in the Stability Diagram. Selected poles will appear as filled-in markers and be listed in the Poles List on the left section of the window, as shown below. Clicking on a filled-in pole
marker deselects that pole and removes it from the Poles List. You can also zoom in on the plot as necessary during the pole selection process. This may be helpful for picking poles at closely spaced modes or repeated roots. Once you have
selected at least one pole, the Shapes module will become available.
Switch to the 'Shapes' module by clicking on the 'Shapes' tab at the bottom left of the window. A different set of responses can be selected for the shapes than was used for the poles. This can be useful if you want to use a subset of
responses for calculating the poles, and you want to generate shape coefficients for all of the measured responses The frequency range can be selected by moving the cursors on the plot, as highlighted in the figure below.
Start residues processing by clicking the 'START' button on the bottom right of the window. AFPoly switches to the Verify module when completed.
Verify results in the Verify module. Synthesized results are compared to the measurements to evaluate the accuracy and completeness of the modal parameter estimation process. Frequency response as well as mode indicator functions
can be plotted in the Verify module. The measured functions are plotted with a normal-width, solid line. The synthesized functions are plotted with a thicker, dashed line. Poles can be disabled or enabled with the checkboxes in the Poles
List. These changes are applied by clicking 'Apply' on the upper right corner of the window. Only the checked poles are included in FRF synthesis. You can easily select the function to verify by selecting from the options in the Plot Function
area in the upper right corner of the form. The plot will automatically update.
Write results in the Verify module. The mode shape results can be written to ASH or Universal files, or the MATLAB workspace, from the File menu.