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Triangle/Ray Intersection

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29 Sep 2011 (Updated )

Fast vectorized triangle/ray intersection algorithm

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Description

Ray/triangle intersection using the algorithm proposed by Möller and
Trumbore (1997), implemented as highly vectorized MATLAB code.
The algorithm can work with one and two sided surfaces, as well as, with
infinite lines, rays (lines bounded on one side) and segments (lines bounded on
both sides).
 Input (all arrays in in Nx3, where N is number of vertices or rays):
   orig : ray's origin
   dir : ray's direction
   vert0, vert1, vert2: vertices of the triangle

 Output:
   Intersect - boolean array of length N
   t - distance from the ray origin to the intersection point in |dir|
   u,v - barycentric coordinates of the intersection point units
   xcoor - carthesian coordinates of the intersection point

In addition PointInsideVolume is 3D equivalent to 2D inpolygon function and can test if
array of points is inside or outside any volume defined by the surface grid.

Acknowledgements

Ray/Triangle Intersection inspired this file.

This file inspired Ray Shape Article Fex.Zip and In Polyhedron.

Required Products MATLAB
Symbolic Math Toolbox
MATLAB release MATLAB 7.12 (R2011a)
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Comments and Ratings (8)
29 Oct 2014 Jeffrey

I'm having trouble with the many rays, many faces option. Lets say I have 11 faces and 5 rays. What resizing of the inputs needs to be done? Do I need to repmat all arrays to be of size 55x3?

Based on what I can tell it can handle:
- one ray, many faces
- many rays, one face
- many rays, many faces (but # of faces = # of rays)

But I think I am just missing something here.

19 Sep 2014 Jaroslaw Tuszynski

Reply to Nick: In many rays and many triangle case you still test for intersection of prearranged pairs and the return value informs you which ray/triangle pair intersected

24 Mar 2014 Nick

Very useful but when considering many rays and many triangles is there a way to find which ray has intersected which triangle?

24 Mar 2014 Nick  
28 Aug 2013 Amilcar Torres

Excellent.. Really helpful!!!

12 Apr 2013 Ben

Looks great. Downloaded and will try it later.

06 Oct 2012 Jaroslaw Tuszynski

Re to Anton Semechko: This is a low level function which can be called with one ray and many faces, many faces and one ray or many faces and rays. It is quite simple to apply repmat function to the inputs.

28 Feb 2012 Anton Semechko

why does the number of rays have to equal the number of faces? that's so inconvenient

Updates
07 Oct 2011

Improvements to border handling

21 Mar 2013

correct treatment of 3x3 arrays as suggested by Andreas Weber

07 Jun 2013

documentation improvements and typo correction

03 Oct 2014

Major rewrite of the function with additional options and output variables. Also provided PointInsideVolume function

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