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Automatic vision system for analysis of microscopic behavior of flow and transport in porous media
Author(s): Mehdi Rashidi; Jamshid Dehmeshki; Eric Dickenson; Mohammad Farhang Daemi
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the development of a novel automated and efficient vision system to obtain velocity and concentration measurement within a porous medium. An aqueous fluid lace with a fluorescent dye to microspheres flows through a transparent, refractive-index-matched column packed with transparent crystals. For illumination purposes, a planar sheet of laser passes through the column as a CCD camera records all the laser illuminated planes. Detailed microscopic velocity and concentration fields have been computed within a 3D volume of the column. For measuring velocities, while the aqueous fluid, laced with fluorescent microspheres, flows through the transparent medium, a CCD camera records the motions of the fluorescing particles by a video cassette recorder. The recorded images are acquired automatically frame by frame and transferred to the computer for processing, by using a frame grabber an written relevant algorithms through an RS-232 interface. Since the grabbed image is poor in this stage, some preprocessings are used to enhance particles within images. Finally, these enhanced particles are monitored to calculate velocity vectors in the plane of the beam. For concentration measurements, while the aqueous fluid, laced with a fluorescent organic dye, flows through the transparent medium, a CCD camera sweeps back and forth across the column and records concentration slices on the planes illuminated by the laser beam traveling simultaneously with the camera. Subsequently, these recorded images are transferred to the computer for processing in similar fashion to the velocity measurement. In order to have a fully automatic vision system, several detailed image processing techniques are developed to match exact images that have different intensities values but the same topological characteristics. This results in normalized interstitial chemical concentrations as a function of time within the porous column.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 1997
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3164, Applications of Digital Image Processing XX, (30 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.292771
Show Author Affiliations
Mehdi Rashidi, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Jamshid Dehmeshki, Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Eric Dickenson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Mohammad Farhang Daemi, Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3164:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XX
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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