IR_BoilerFrontOverview

Infrared Thermography is a space age military application that has been successfully applied to energy analysis work. Hand-held cameras similar to digital cameras and camcorders can detect and record small variations in temperatures.

When properly used by skilled professionals, IR Thermography can detect missing insulation, air leaks, wet insulation, electrical hazards, pending equipment failures (heat build-up), and a wide variety of other non-energy related functions that involve temperature variations.

 

 

 

IR_Flir_Inside_RoofOperation

The operation of IR Thermography equipment depends on the application. If used to check building envelopes for insulation integrity, the best time is on a cold, calm night, long after the influences of the sunshine have faded. To check for hot spots during the cooling season, work inside the facility. Equipment hot-spots or water damage can be checked pretty much any time.

 

Thermography equipment is extremely sensitive to small differences in temperature. The equipment must be used correctly and ethically to produce reliable results.

 

Sample Findings of IR Thermography in Industrial Energy Audits

 

 

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IR_BoilerFront

 

Steam boiler with no insulation on the front.

 

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IR_AutoclaveFront

 

Autoclave with no insulation on front and several steam pipe fittings

 

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IR_Economizer

 

Steam boiler economizer is not functioning

 

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IR_BlowDownHeatEx

 

Blow Down Heat Recovery Exchanger not working

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Roof Deck

 

Underside of a steel roof deck. Taken during winter, dark areas are wet, colder areas showing areas of wet heat loss

 

RCO

RCO

 

Hot spots in shell of RCO Unit

More Information

Open a PDF article about how to conduct an IR Scan on an industrial flat roof IR Roof Inspection

Manufacturers

 

FLIR IR Thermography unitFLIR Systems
America’s Main Office, USA
16 Esquire Rd
North Billerica, MA 01862
Telephone: 1-800-GO-INFRA (464-6372) or 1-978-901-8000

Go to their web site at www.flirthermography.com

 

 

FLUKEFluke

6920 Seaway Blvd.
Everett, WA USA 98203
Telephone: 1-800-760-4523

Go to their web site at http://us.fluke.com/usen/products/CategoryTI?trck=thermography

 

 

 

IR Camera packageSierra Pacific Corp.
284 Sea Rim Ave
Las Vegas, NV   89148
Telephone: 702-369-3966

Go to their web site at www.x20.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Text Bob Fegan 1/2009; IR roof image from Sierra Pacific web site www.x20.org 9/2003; rev 9/2005; revised 2/2008 – IR and Digital photos by Bob Fegan;

 


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