Summary: BUBBLE RECOGNITION FROM IMAGE SEQUENCES
Dachuan Cheng and Hans Burkhardt
Institute for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing
Computer Science Department, Freiburg University, 79110 Freiburg, Germany
In this paper, we present an algorithm which can automatically recognize vapor bubbles in a seething liquid from an image sequence.
The image sequences were taken with a highspeed video camera with one thousand images prosecond. Our algorithm was divided into
two steps: the background image identification and the bubble recognition. In the first step, the technique for autofocus was applied for
the determination of the background image. In the second step, the snake technique was implemented for the bubble recognition. After the
bubble identification, some important parameters such as the bubble size, nucleation sites, and bubble formation frequency can be
calculated. These parameters are important in developing the heat transfer theory in boiling.
Keywords: bubble recognition, snakes.
The aim of our cooperating research group  is to
develop a general theory on heat transfer in boiling.
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