, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 1307-1324
Date: 18 Apr 2010

Tomographic particle tracking velocimetry using telecentric imaging

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The goal of this article is to discuss 3D Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV) in a tomographic reconstructed voxel space with at least doubling the spatial resolution compared to classical 3D PTV. For this purpose, a new tomographic reconstruction technique based on telecentric imaging in combination with the epipolar geometry is presented. The method overcomes the need for memory intensive weighting matrices or cost intensive iterations, which are necessary in iterative algebraic reconstruction techniques. A characteristic of tomographic reconstruction is the reconstruction of ghost particles. As the aim of PTV is the reconstruction of true particle paths, this article focuses on the removal of ghost particles and ghost trajectories. The method is validated via a synthetic turbulent flow field and via the benchmark experiment of a vortex ring.