introduction to Infrared Thermography

What is infrared thermography? Infrared thermography is the science of detecting infrared energy emitted from an object, converting it to apparent temperature, and displaying the result as an infrared image. Literally, infrared thermography means “beyond red” (infrared) “temperature picture” (thermography) ~ http://en-us.fluke.com. On 2008 I joined infrared themography level 1 certification  managed by ITC (http://www.infraredtraining.com). This training teaches about the basic knowledge about infrared thermography, how to use infrared camera and things that can affect the results of shooting. If we use infrared camera, then we can capture the thermal image without touching directly with the equipment. This means we can capture thermal information from the operating equipment at a safe distance and have a better chance of viewing temperature anomalies under normal operating conditions. The most popular infrared camera captures a radiometric thermal image containing clear temperature measurements for each pixel in the image. With that ability, we can understand the anomaly and then trace it to calculate the apparent temperature of the points in question. Infrared thermography ideal for applications where components are moving, hot, harmful to touch, hard to reach, impossible to shut down, or can be contaminated or damaged through contact. Infrared cameras are also helpful[…]

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