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Practical Applications of Thermal Imaging Systems
Engineering Approach to Imaging Systems Design
Testing and Evaluation of E-O Imaging Systems

Practical Applications of Thermal Imaging Systems

Thermal imaging system applications may be quantitative or qualitative. Quantitative measurements include building envelope inspections, roof inspections, and the location of buried objects. Electrical and mechanical inspections often require quantitative results. Here, the temperature of a component is compared to a standard or guideline. If the temperature is too high, then the component must be repaired or replaced. Although surveillance refers to the observation of a person, this definition is extended to include the detection, recognition, and identification of both people and objects. It includes search and rescue, endangered species monitoring, border patrol, law enforcement, and military applications. Nondestructive testing can locate disbonding, delamination, and corrosion. These are of prime concern of our aging commercial aircraft. A thermal imaging system is particularly useful for evaluating the condition of power lines, transformers, circuit breakers, motors, printed circuit boards, and other electronic components.

Heat transfer, radiation theory, and emissivity form the backbone of all thermal imaging system applications because these parameters define the target signature. The target signature may be further modified by the environment (sun, wind, or other hot targets). The detected signature is diminished by the atmospheric transmittance.

This course will allow you to:

  • Identify the parameters that affect target signatures
  • Appreciate the wide diversity of applications
  • Immediately find applications in your workplace and home
  • Interpret a thermogram

The course is for managers, system designers, test engineers, and quality control experts who are seeking for new methods to locate flaws, overheating components, intruders, or hidden objects.

Common Sense Approach to Thermal Imaging, Gerald C. Holst, JCD Publishing (2000).

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