Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering


This thesis aims to address the issues caused by high reflective surface and object with motion in the three dimensional (3D) shape measurement based on phase shifting profilometry (PSP). Firstly, the influence of the reflectivity of the object surface on the fringe patterns is analysed. One of the essential factors related to phase precision is modulation index, which has a direct relationship with the surface reflectivity. A comparative study focusing on the modulation index of different materials is presented. The distribution of modulation index for different material samples is statistically analysed, which leads to the conclusion that the modulation index is determined by the diffuse reflectivity.

Then the method based on optimized combination of multiple reflected image patterns is proposed to address the saturation issue and improve the accuracy for the reconstruction of object with high reflectivity.A set of phase shifted sinusoidal fringe patterns with different exposure time are projected to the object and then captured by camera. Then a set of masks are generated to select the data for the compositing. Maximalsignal-to-noise ratio combining model is employed to form the composite images pattern. The composite images are then used to phase mapping.Comparing to the method only using the highest intensity of pixels for compositing image, the signal noise ratio (SNR) of composite image is increased due to more efficient use of information carried by the images.

FoR codes (2008)




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