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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 9, 2012
  • pp: 9031–9037

Single-camera, three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry

Kevin Peterson, Boris Regaard, Stefan Heinemann, and Volker Sick  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 9031-9037 (2012)

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This paper introduces single-camera, three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry (SC3D-PTV), an image-based, single-camera technique for measuring 3-component, volumetric velocity fields in environments with limited optical access, in particular, optically accessible internal combustion engines. The optical components used for SC3D-PTV are similar to those used for two-camera stereoscopic-µPIV, but are adapted to project two simultaneous images onto a single image sensor. A novel PTV algorithm relying on the similarity of the particle images corresponding to a single, physical particle produces 3-component, volumetric velocity fields, rather than the 3-component, planar results obtained with stereoscopic PIV, and without the reconstruction of an instantaneous 3D particle field. The hardware and software used for SC3D-PTV are described, and experimental results are presented.

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OCIS Codes
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
(100.6890) Image processing : Three-dimensional image processing
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(110.6880) Imaging systems : Three-dimensional image acquisition
(110.4155) Imaging systems : Multiframe image processing

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: February 1, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2012
Published: April 3, 2012

Kevin Peterson, Boris Regaard, Stefan Heinemann, and Volker Sick, "Single-camera, three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry," Opt. Express 20, 9031-9037 (2012)

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