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
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
- 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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