Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Document Type



Grating-based interferometry/tomography is being rapidly developed for non-destructive evaluation of additive manufacturing test articles. An application requiring an efficient workflow is extremely necessary for stress and fatigue testing samples.

At present, scientific workflows play an important role for computational experiments in additive manufacturing 3D printing and interferometry/tomography imaging analysis. A clear workflow template allows scientists to process experiments easier and faster. Work flow library grows, but to find an appropriate workflow for their task is challenging. In our research, there are mainly three portions in the workflow, interferometry analysis, image reconstruction and 3D visualization. Currently, the hierarchy of workflows in interferom etry/tomography projects is Mathematica, TomoPy/ASTRA/Jupyter notebook, VisTrails and Dragonfly. In general, two methods of interferometry analysis have been used in the first portion of workflow, single-shot interferometry and stepped-grating interferometry. As for the second portion, with a Jupyter notebook, the reconstruction method ’Gridrec’ in TomoPy and ’SIRT’ (Simultaneous Iterative Reconstruction Technique) in ASTRA gener ated a powerful reconstruction volume for absorption projections and dark-field projections separately. For the last portion, Dragonfly developed by ORS (Object Research System) company is a 3D visualization software with powerful scripting capabilities implemented in Python macros. Meanwhile, the VisTrails workflow incorporated both interferometry anal ysis and image reconstruction portions into VisTrails modules. Workflows in VisTrails hide much of the complexity of Mathematica or Python programming from users. Instead, with a simple GUI, it is possible for users to make their interferometry/tomography workflows through VisTrails modules.

Especially, for DPC (differential phase contrast) images in grating-based interferome try/tomography, we addressed the phase unwrapping issue with the method of 2D integra tion through generating phase images. With the algorithm, we have demonstrated the 2D integrated phase images denote a clearer contrast than DPC images.



Committee Chair

Butler, Leslie