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Level I

This course is designed to meet and exceed ASNT SNT-TC-1A. BINDT CM/IRT, the European standard and ISO. At the Institute, we understand the importance to attain a theoretical background to any technique prior to attempting to perform inspections. Once the technology and technique is fully understood, an in-depth results orientated program can be initiated. This course will present case studies that present real problems that the thermographer will experience in the field. To obtain maximum value from the infrared instrument, the course includes daily hands-on instrument operation that will teach the basics of the camera operation as well as the detailed operational features of your specific brand of infrared instrument.

Owning an infrared camera is not required for attendance1 but for learning participants are encouraged to bring their own specific brand of camera to class.

Applications from most industries will be covered, so you will be able to perform inspections at your site on your equipment and processes.

Principles of Infrared Thermography

What is infrared thermography?

The Nature of heat and Temperature Heat Transfer Mode Familiarization

Conduction Fundamentals

  • Fourier’s law (concept only)
  • Conductivity / Resistance Basics

Convection Fundamentals

  • The effect on the IR Inspection
  • Recognizing and Dealing with Convection

Thermal/Infrared physics

Radiation Fundamentals

  • Planck’s Law, Stephen Boltzmann law
  • Wien’s Law

Radiosity Concepts

  • Radiometry and IR imaging
  • Reflectance, Transmittance, Absorptance, Emittance
  • Recognizing and Dealing with Reflections
  • Spatial Resolution Concepts

Infrared Equipment Operation

Introduction Selection Criteria range span and level settings

How infrared instruments work

IR Equipment Operation/Controls and Features

  • Select the Best Perspective
  • IR wavebands and lens materials
  • Use of Filters and Lenses
  • Optimizing the image

Quantitative Thermography

  • Performance of infrared cements
  • Imaging concepts select the best
  • Perspective, image/special focus
  • Thermal Focus Range, Level and Span
  • False, real or Apparent Anomalies
  • Performing on infrared inspection
  • Image interpretation and documentation
  • Support Data collection and Environmental considerations
  • Temperature Measurement functions
  • Performing Accurate Temperature
  • Measurements
  • Emissivity Determination
  • The effect of Distance and Target Size
  • Field Quantification
  • Checking Equipment Calibration
  • Error potential in Remote Measurement
  • Atmospheric attenuation
  • Alternate Technologies and Support Equipment
  • For Infrared Inspections
  • Error Potential in radiant Measurement

Infrared Application Overview

Condition Monitoring


Control Values

Support Equipment for infrared inspection

CM Application

  • Electrical System- Generation, distribution ,in- plant application, theory and thermal signature Examples, responsibilities of thermographer and end user
  • Mechanical Systems: rotating equipment, bearings, power transmission components, gears
  • Process Applications, petrochemical, power generation, steam systems, process vessels, furnaces, fluid flow heat exchangers, cryogenics, insulation, refractory, tube/pipe blockages etc.
  • Building Thermography; theory and component construction losses by insufficient, missing damaged or improperly installed insulation. Convection losses by uncontrolled air movement, moisture characteristics and detection.
  • Low Slope Root inspection; moisture instruction, energy loss/gain
  • Reference and standards

Report & Documentation

  • Elements of a Good report
  • Properly document the findings
  • Report Presentation
  • Database Programs
  • IR Software Generic Overview

Healthy and Safety

  • Risk assessment
  • Methods statements
  • Personal safety Gear
  • Safety practices