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Convective Heat Transfer

As thermography professionals, we must be well grounded in the basics of heat transfer. If not, we’ll make mistakes in understanding, interpreting, and presenting our data. If you don’t feel 100% confident in your understanding, I urge you to move in that direction and will offer these posts as simple starting points.

Convection happens in […]

Conductive Heat Transfer

Last week, we talked about that mug of coffee and transient heat flow. The temperature of many surfaces is constantly changing because of an imbalance in the transfer of energy with the surroundings. When things balance, reaching what we call steady-state transfer, then temperatures stabilize.

We have all heard about the three modes of heat transfer: […]

Heating Up, But Slowly

Last week we talked about that mug of coffee and the notion of thermal capacitance. Thermal persistence is another way to think of this concept.

To one degree or another things are slow to change temperature. This is due to both the way heat is transferred (convection is rapid while conduction tends to be slower)and the […]

Fall is in the Air (and everything else), Part Three

As I’ve written about over the past two weeks, there are a number of factors that determine what the temperature of a surface will be beside the energy inherent to it. We need to understand them so that we can make a valid analysis of what is really going on.

As an example, imagine an abnormally […]

What is Thermal Imaging?

Have you been hearing about the benefits of thermal imaging, but aren’t quite sure exactly what it is or how it can help you? In this short video, we take a step back and explain what thermal imaging actually is. We cover the basic principles of how the camera works and a few of the […]

Slowing Heat Transfer

A tea cozy keeps a pot of tea warmer longer by reducing heat transfer, primarily conductive transfer.

My blog last week was changed at the last minute to talk about Hurricane Irene. Although she “cooled” compared to what was predicted, the damage was significant, especially here in Vermont where 7 inches of rain in our […]

Be Proactive Instead of Reactive

Buildings and equipment do not maintain themselves. When it comes to preventive maintenance, you have to proactively seek out problems before they occur to prevent unplanned downtime. Thermography can be an invaluable tool to prolong equipment life, save money and increase the safety of your workforce. If it’s your job to keep everything running smoothly […]

What is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal imaging: n. The detection of surface temperatures by capturing the emitted infrared radiation. That’s how we define thermal imaging, but how is it applicable and useful to you?

Thermal imaging can help detect many inefficiencies around your work place and even your home. In the workplace you can identify problems that could create down […]

Practical Use of Thermal Capacitance

Last week, we talked about how researchers recently discovered pyramids long buried in the deserts of Egypt. Their “secret” technique is, in part, understanding the difference in thermal capacitance between the structures and the surrounding undisturbed soil. Just add heat from the sun and wait until it cools at night and then a difference […]

Finding Pyramids!

Last week, I took aim at how poorly aerial thermography was being applied for more efficient use of energy in buildings. The technique just doesn’t work and never has! However, the fault does not lie within aerial thermography. Aerial thermography  is nothing short of brilliant when used properly.

Last week, I heard a BBC story (click […]