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I'm trying to do a coordinate system transformation from a global (0,0,0) to a local element coordinate system. The local system's position and unit vectors are known. My problem is that I need three Euler angles for the transformation matrix. I can only calculate the current angles between the global and local axis. But how do i get Euler angles with respect to the right order (e.g. Euler ZYZ rotation)? Is it possible to compute the Euler angles from that information?

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The global coord. system is green, the local is blue. The dashed blue system is the local system shifted to the point (0,0,0).

For the calculation of the transformation matrix, I used localToGlobal3d.m from geom3d:

The transform is defined by:

  • CENTER: the position of the local origin into the World coordinate system

  • THETA: colatitude, defined as the angle with the Oz axis (between 0 and 180 degrees), positive in the direction of the of Oy axis.

  • PHI: azimut, defined as the angle of the normal with the Ox axis, between 0 and 360 degrees

  • PSI: intrinsic rotation, corresponding to the rotation of the object around the direction vector, between 0 and 360 degrees

The resulting transform is obtained by applying (in that order):

  • Rotation by PSI around he Z-axis

  • Rotation by THETA around the Y-axis

  • Rotation by PHI around the Z-axis

  • Translation by vector CENTER

This corresponds to Euler ZYZ rotation, using angles PHI, THETA and PSI.

I calculate the current angles between the local system's axis (e1,e2,e3) and the base axis via:

angleX = atan2d(norm(cross(e1,[1 0 0])), dot(e1,[1 0 0]))

angleY = atan2d(norm(cross(e2,[0 1 0])), dot(e2,[0 1 0]))

angleZ = atan2d(norm(cross(e3,[0 0 1])), dot(e3,[0 0 1]))

Thank you for your help!

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