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Understanding the Challenges of Surface Temperature Measurement Using Thermocouples
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Understanding the Challenges of Surface Temperature Measurement Using Thermocouples

It's common to see a thermocouple taped to a surface for the purpose of temperature measurement, but you may not realize how inaccurate the results will be. This paper explains the theory behind thermocouples and illustrates some of the problems inherent to thermocouple use. In addition, the paper looks at when to use a thermocouple in combination with an infrared camera and when an infrared camera alone will give the most accurate results.

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Infrared Camera Accuracy and Uncertainty in Plain Language
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Infrared Camera Accuracy and Uncertainty in Plain Language

How accurate are thermal imaging cameras, and how are they calibrated? Understanding infrared camera accuracy and sensitivity can help clarify the value of well-calibrated thermal imaging cameras. In this paper, we use layman’s terms to explain how IR cameras are calibrated, how their accuracy is determined, and which variables can affect measurement results.

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Mobile Infrared Scanning — A High-Tech, Accurate Alternative to Traditional Bridge Inspection Methods
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Mobile Infrared Scanning — A High-Tech, Accurate Alternative to Traditional Bridge Inspection Methods

Traditional methods for finding concrete delamination and spalling on bridges can be subjective, inaccurate, and at times, dangerous. The solution may be a new mobile unit that uses a cooled FLIR camera to produce objective bridge deck scans — without the need to close down traffic lanes, causing congestion and raising the risk for accidents.

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Thermal Imaging Helps in Evaluating Dental Drilling
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Thermal Imaging Helps in Evaluating Dental Drilling

Preparing a damaged tooth and crown for replacement requires drilling that, in some cases, raises the temperature of the bone and surrounding tissues to dangerous levels. Excessive heat can permanently damage these tissues as they increase the denaturation of hard tissue proteins.

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FLIR X6540sc camera enables innovative thermographic particle velocimetry technique

FLIR X6540sc camera enables innovative thermographic particle velocimetry technique

Researchers at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College (London, UK) have described a novel combined IR thermographic and velocimetry technique for the investigation of multiphase flows. The new technique is called ‘thermographic particle velocimetry’ (TPV) and relies on high-resolution IR thermography measurements taken at high frame rates with a FLIR X6540sc thermal imaging camera.

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FLIR thermal cameras help to reduce the ­invasiveness of cochlear implant surgery
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FLIR thermal cameras help to reduce the ­invasiveness of cochlear implant surgery

FLIR thermal cameras help to reduce the ­invasiveness of cochlear implant surgery

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High speed thermal cameras – the need for speed
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High speed thermal cameras – the need for speed

High speed thermal cameras – the need for speed

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Next Generation IR Technologies Solve High Speed Automotive Testing Challenges
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Next Generation IR Technologies Solve High Speed Automotive Testing Challenges

Product research and development on internal combustion engines, brake rotors and tires, and high speed airbags are just a few of the areas that truly benefit from high speed, high sensitivity thermal characterization testing. Unfortunately, traditional forms of contact temperature measurement such as thermocouples are not practical to mount on moving objects, and non-contact forms of temperature measurement such as spot guns – and even current infrared cameras – are simply not fast enough to stop motion on these high speed targets in order to take accurate temperature measurements.

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High-resolution FLIR camera brings science to the racing track
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High-resolution FLIR camera brings science to the racing track

Engine pre-heating systems help racing professionals prevent engine wear, poor performance on the track and even the loss of hard dollars. Hot Products Engineering, a US manufacturer of pre-heating engines, uses thermal images taken by a FLIR camera to show the value of its engine pre-heating products.

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FLIR cameras reveal thermal characteristics of microelectronic devices
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FLIR cameras reveal thermal characteristics of microelectronic devices

In the development of electronic and microelectronic devices, transient thermal information is critical to validate whether a device or a specific part of the device is operating properly. At the University of Texas at Arlington, researchers study microscale thermal transport while using thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems.

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FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras Reveal the Secrets of Coexisting Insects
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FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras Reveal the Secrets of Coexisting Insects

Thermal imaging is a great help in the study of insects. Researchers use it in order to discover how several species of insects coexist on a host plant. At Penn State University, a FLIR T650sc has provided valuable thermal information in an experiment with coexisting insect species on wheat plants.

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Temperature Guns Versus Thermal Imaging Technology
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Temperature Guns Versus Thermal Imaging Technology

Thermal imaging cameras are used for non-contact temperature measurements in companies all over the world. Another common tool for non-contact temperature measurements widely used in industrial applications is the spot pyrometer. Both spot pyrometers and thermal cameras work according to the same principle; they detect infrared radiation and translate it into a temperature reading. Thermal cameras however, have several advantages compared to spot pyrometers.

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Science Gets Dangerous
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Science Gets Dangerous

Watch the FLIR R&S team at the gun range through a FLIR SC8300 infrared camera

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Punkin Chunkin
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Punkin Chunkin

Watch thermal video of the 2012 Punkin Chunkin World Championships taken with FLIR's SC6800 camera.

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Baltimore Keynote Recap
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Baltimore Keynote Recap

See how Nate Fuller, keynote speaker at the Baltimore Symposium, uses thermal imaging to track the fascinating behavior of bats.

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Infrared Dolphin Adventure
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Infrared Dolphin Adventure

FLIR science specialist Chris Bainter speaks with a dolphin expert at the Hilton Waikoloa and captures some great infrared imagery of the playful creatures

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Infrared Angels
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Infrared Angels

Dave Bursell of FLIR Systems visits the Blue Angels Flight Squadron at the Pease Airfield in Portsmouth, NH with the FLIR SC8300 infrared camera

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Columbia Sportswear
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Columbia Sportswear

Watch as FLIR thermal imaging shows how Columbia Sportswear keeps people cool and warm in the outdoors.

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Cooled and uncooled FLIR cameras give DES researchers the leading edge
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Cooled and uncooled FLIR cameras give DES researchers the leading edge

Thermal non-destructive testing can detect internal defects through target excitation and the observation of thermal differences on a target surface. At DES, Diagnostic Engineering Solutions, a spin-off company of Politecnico di Bari, Italy, NDT specialists use a wide variety of thermal imaging cameras from FLIR to characterize possible defects inside composite materials.

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Use low-cost materials to increase target emissivity
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Use low-cost materials to increase target emissivity

Clean, unoxidized, bare metal surfaces have quite low emissivity. So low, that they are difficult to measure with a thermal imaging camera. In many industrial R&D applications, there are many low-emissivity targets, especially for electrical applications. To get good measurements, we need to increase the emissivity of these problematic targets.

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Thermography shows why champagne should be poured differently
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Thermography shows why champagne should be poured differently

Thinking of stocking up on champagne for the upcoming end-of-year parties? Then read this. Thermal imaging has helped researchers at the university of Reims, France, discover that the way champagne is currently poured, causes loss of aroma and thus of taste. The researchers claim that champagne should be served like beer.

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Cooled or Uncooled?
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Cooled or Uncooled?

Thermal imaging cameras with  a cooled detector offer some advantages over thermal imaging cameras with an  uncooled detector. However, they are  more expensive. A modern cooled thermal  imaging camera has an imaging sensor that is integrated with a cryocooler, which lowers the sensor temperature to cryogenic temperatures. This  reduction in sensor temperature is necessary to reduce thermally-induced noise  to a level below that of the signal from the scene being imaged.

 

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Electronic Component Testing: A Non-Contact Sport
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Electronic Component Testing: A Non-Contact Sport

As electronic circuit boards and components get smaller and more powerful, inherent heat can cause significant damage. Infrared thermography can identify hot spots, allowing for improved thermal management and greater advances in circuit board design.

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