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Original method to compute epipoles using variable homography: application to measure emergent fibers on textile fabrics
Author(s): Jun Xu; Christophe Cudel; Sophie Kohler; Olivier Haeberlé; Stephane Fontaine; Marie-Louise Klotz
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Paper Abstract

Fabric's smoothness is a key factor in determining the quality of finished textile products and has great influence on the functionality of industrial textiles and high-end textile products. With popularization of the zero defect industrial concept, identifying and measuring defective material in the early stage of production is of great interest to the industry. In the current market, many systems are able to achieve automatic monitoring and control of fabric, paper, and nonwoven material during the entire production process, however online measurement of hairiness is still an open topic and highly desirable for industrial applications. We propose a computer vision approach to compute epipole by using variable homography, which can be used to measure emergent fiber length on textile fabrics. The main challenges addressed in this paper are the application of variable homography on textile monitoring and measurement, as well as the accuracy of the estimated calculation. We propose that a fibrous structure can be considered as a two-layer structure, and then we show how variable homography combined with epipolar geometry can estimate the length of the fiber defects. Simulations are carried out to show the effectiveness of this method. The true length of selected fibers is measured precisely using a digital optical microscope, and then the same fibers are tested by our method. Our experimental results suggest that smoothness monitored by variable homography is an accurate and robust method of quality control for important industrial fabrics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 21(2) 021103 doi: 10.1117/1.JEI.21.2.021103
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 21, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Jun Xu, Univ. de Haute Alsace (France)
Christophe Cudel, Univ. de Haute Alsace (France)
Sophie Kohler, Univ. de Haute Alsace (France)
Olivier Haeberlé, Univ. de Haute Alsace (France)
Stephane Fontaine, Univ. de Bourgogne (France)
Marie-Louise Klotz, Hochschule Rhein-Waal (Germany)


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