Direction Estimation and Visualization of Yarns from CT Volumes of SiC Fabric
Yukie Nagai*,† , Yutaka Ohtake*, Hiromasa Suzuki*, Hiroyuki Hishida**, Koichi Inagaki**, and Takeshi Nakamura**
*The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
229 Tonogaya, Mizuho-machi, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo 190-1297, Japan
Ceramic matrix composite (CMC) is a material with high thermostability. Since it is lower in weight than metals realizing the same thermostability, it has been attracting increasing attention in many fields. It has an inner fabric structure made of ceramics (SiC), and the yarns of the fabric give this material rather high stiffness in the directions the yarns run. To guarantee the stiffness of the material, it is necessary to inspect the yarns. X-ray CT scanning, a non-destructive inspection technique, is one of the best ways to do this. However, the quality of a CT volume of SiC fabric tends to be very low, and the resolution is generally also low because of the restriction on the time given for the inspection and the relatively large size of CMC parts. This paper presents an algorithm for computing the directions of the yarns in an SiC fabric from a low quality CT volume, and it proposes a way to visualize the computed directions for a better recognition of the directions. It also presents some experimental results that show the effects of the proposed algorithms.
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