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Thermography Inspection of In-floor Radiant Heating Systems - Case Study
Infrared thermography is well suited for the detection of radiant heating elements and other sub surface heated piping. Defects in embedded conduits that carry heated fluids, gases or electrical heating lines can be difficult to pinpoint and often require costly and destructive exploratory digging. This excavation process is often ineffective, as there is no guarantee that the digging is occurring in the exact area of the defect. In retrofit construction, buried heating conduits in the work area must be located and marked prior to cutting or drilling into the substrate. This paper will discuss the use of thermography to locate radiant heating conduits and defects, and the effects of substrate type and thickness on the infrared process using an actual case study.
With any technology, change is inevitable. Advances in infrared imager technology now provide thermographers with new equipment choices on a semiannual basis. With more choices than ever, it is important for thermographers to be able to determine when they should upgrade their imager.
IBEW Local 269 Holds First Certified Infrared Thermographer® Class
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 269 recently held their first Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer® training class through Infraspection Institute’s course materials licensing program. Fifteen apprentice electricians attended the 5 day class which was sponsored through the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.
Thermal image shows three operating outboard engines. Cool spot on center engine caused by inoperative alternator. Taken by Charles Hazouri, this thermal image was the 1st Place winner - Mechanical Category in the annual Image Contest held during the IR/INFO 2015 Conference.