Abstract

This work reports the development and validation of a new tomography approach, termed cross-interfaces computed tomography (CICT), to address confined-space tomography problems. Many practical tomography problems require imaging through optical walls, which may encounter light refractions that seriously influence the imaging process and deteriorate the three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction. Past efforts have primarily focused on developing open-space tomography algorithms, but these algorithms are not extendable to confined-space problems unless the imaging process from the 3D target and its line-of-sight two-dimensional (2D) images (defined as “projections”) is properly adjusted. The CICT approach is therefore proposed in this work to establish an algorithm describing the mapping relationship between the optical signal field of the target and its projections. The CICT imaging algorithm is first validated by quantitatively comparing measured and simulated projections of a calibration plate through an optical cylinder. Then the CICT reconstruction is numerically and experimentally validated using a simulated flame phantom and a laminar cone flame, respectively. Compared to reconstructions formed by traditional open-space tomography, the CICT approach is demonstrated to be capable of resolving confined-space problems with significantly improved accuracy.

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» Visualization 1       The video switches iteratively between Fig. 5 and Fig. 6 in the manuscript. The comparison shows that the calculated distorted projections generally agree well with the measured ones for all sets, providing a validation of the CICT imaging algorithm.

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