Heat monitoring control is an often case in obtaining information on heat transfer, faults and structural integrity of an object. This NDT method is based on measurement and analysis of temperature of inspected items. This diagnostics is suitable for almost any structure, construction or equipment where heat flows are present.
As an object transfers, radiates or absorbs heat, its surface temperature changes. Using these data, one can make a conclusion on the object's condition and eliminate the fault beforehand.
Depending on the procedure, heat monitoring is divided into two types:
· Active method. Suitable for cases when no sufficient thermal impact is exerted on an object. These are, for instance, composite parts. The method is also used in situations when it is impossible to measure the temperature during operation of an object (e. g. helicopter blades). The technology lies in heating the controlled surface using external sources.
· Passive method. The inspection is carried out directly during operation or manufacturing of an item, since a sufficient thermal field is generated by itself. This method is most often used to diagnose constructions, electrical engines, electrical connections, roofs, shells, etc. This technology gained a wide recognition in construction, energy and production fields. This monitoring does not require putting the object out of service.
Heat monitoring is very efficient for detecting discontinuities, cracks, porosity, stratifications and alien inclusions. The inspection results allow for diagnosing inhomogeneity in a material's structure, and for estimating its heat conductivity and heat capacity.
Temperature is measured at each point of an object using a thermal imaging camera, after which it is assigned a specific color. The higher the temperature, the brighter the hue. Separate points create a full picture of heat distribution over the inspected surface. Our company also offers drone-carried thermal camera monitoring.