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Vision Tests and Thermography

The onset of presbyopia can have an impact on your ability to perform high quality thermographic [...]

Transformer Cooling Tubes

One of the easiest, and often safest, types of electrical apparatus to inspect are oil-filled transformer cooling [...]

Focus First

If you’ve had Level I Thermographic Applications training course you most likely heard the mantra of “Focus First!” from your instructor, and with good reason! Of all of the camera settings that can be adjusted by the camera operator, focus is by far the most important.  Focus is essential to both image quality and temperature [...]

Thermodynamics 101: Thermal Diffusivity Part III

This time we’re finishing up our discussion of thermal diffusivity before moving on to further discussion of thermodynamics.   Hopefully taking these topics a step at a time is doing its job and will allow you to absorb the knowledge more easily, and hold onto it longer.

In The Snell Group’s Level I course, we see several [...]

Themodynamics and Diffusivity 101: Part II

We’re partly through our discussion of thermal diffusivity in our series on basic thermodynamics for the field thermographer.   It is not our intent to have the reader become an expert in heat transfer theory.  But it is important to understand the variables that effect thermal diffusivity and how this concept impacts the thermal world we [...]

Exposing Electrical Panels

Whether it’s high rise office buildings, hospitals, or an industrial facility, the approaches to accomplishing an infrared electrical scan vary as much as the locations.  One universal thread throughout these inspections is the manner in which most electrical maintenance folks expose panels for inspection.

 

Most industrial grade panels have a two part cover but these configurations [...]

How To Test Surface Temperatures With A Thermal Imager

To watch this video, click on the Ti125:

Ti125 Thermal Imaging Made Easy

 

Dive into Questions and Grow into Knowledge

I’ve been working on a project this past week with a couple of young people. I’m impressed with two things. First, they have more energy than I have. Second, I have more experience than they have. While energy is great, relying on experience often means I know how to do things “smarter,” using less energy. [...]

Heat Transfer by Radiation Part 2

For young children and pets, the first look in a mirror can be very confusing! They may be asking themselves. “Is that real or…?” Most thermographers share a similar exasperation the first time they see a thermal reflection, most commonly from a bright piece of metal. Many go on to understand that reflections are not [...]

Heat Transfer by Radiation

For the past several weeks, we’ve been reviewing heat transfer. Thermographers must understand the basics if they are to successfully interpret their images. Over the next two weeks, we’ll wrap up the review with a discussion of radiation.

Electromagnetic radiation is not only a powerful mode of heat transfer, it is also the way energy moves [...]