Optics and Lasers in Engineering vol:48 issue:2 pages:244-250
In phase-shifting moire profilometry, grid lines are projected onto an object, and the deformed projection is imaged onto a second grid to obtain moire fringes. Grid noise is removed by translating both grids simultaneously in their own plane, and fringe phase-shifts are obtained by changing the relative distance between the two grids. From three or more phase-shifted moire fringe patterns, object surface height is calculated on all pixel points of the camera which records the moire fringe patterns. Classically, translation of the grids is performed mechanically. Recently, we have introduced a method using two liquid crystal light modulators to perform high-resolution phase-shifting moire topography without any mechanically moving parts. We now describe, how this new method can be implemented using a low-cost consumer product LCD projector. We show how the different LCD panels can be addressed, and how fast grid noise averaging can be implemented using a standard computer graphics board. Resolution measurements and application examples are presented on objects of different sizes. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.