Non-contact position tracking using phase correlation of sample images for NDT applications

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Non-destructive testing methods are used in an increasing number of applications, some of which require precise knowledge of the relative position between transducer and surface. Conventionally, this has been determined using a contact method such as a linear/rotary encoder. An alternative is demonstrated here, using a digital camera and the phase correlation technique. Linear sample movement has been determined to sub-pixel precision, confirmed manually as a median accuracy of 0.01 mm of linear movement (0.06 of a pixel) in this case, despite uneven illumination and the use of a basic low-resolution camera.

Keywords: digital signal processing and imaging; image processing; remote

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK.

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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