A flexible and accurate digital volume correlation method applicable to high-resolution volumetric images

Bing Pan, Bo Wang

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Digital volume correlation (DVC) is a powerful technique for quantifying interior deformation within solid opaque materials and biological tissues. In the last two decades, great efforts have been made to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the DVC algorithm. However, there is still a lack of a flexible, robust and accurate version that can be efficiently implemented in personal computers with limited RAM. This paper proposes an advanced DVC method that can realize accurate full-field internal deformation measurement applicable to high-resolution volume images with up to billions of voxels. Specifically, a novel layer-wise reliability-guided displacement tracking strategy combined with dynamic data management is presented to guide the DVC computation from slice to slice. The displacements at specified calculation points in each layer are computed using the advanced 3D inverse-compositional Gauss-Newton algorithm with the complete initial guess of the deformation vector accurately predicted from the computed calculation points. Since only limited slices of interest in the reference and deformed volume images rather than the whole volume images are required, the DVC calculation can thus be efficiently implemented on personal computers. The flexibility, accuracy and efficiency of the presented DVC approach are demonstrated by analyzing computer-simulated and experimentally obtained high-resolution volume images.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105007
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 12 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-08
Acknowledgements: This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant nos. 11427802, 11632010), the Aeronautical Science Foundation of China (2016ZD51034), and the Academic Excellence Foundation of BUAA for PhD Students. We also thank the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for its support.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Applied Mathematics


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