Thermal Imaging

What is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal imaging (additionally occasionally referred to as thermography, infrared imaging or thermal scanning) is the methods by which human beings can see the infrared section of the light range.

To the left are 2 images of a Cummins diesel aquatic engine being operated throughout a sea test. The thermal image is on the left and also the Thermal MSX ® photo is on the right.
Left picture is of a hull thermal image alone and the ideal photo is the Thermal MSX ® photo.

As is evident from the images over the MSX ® modern technology in the FLIR ® electronic camera supplies a crisp tidy picture which allows us to better spot as well as find possible troubles.

What Does This Mean to Me? How Does it Assist?

The use of thermal imaging in marine surveying makes it possible for the qualified surveyor the capacity to recognize potential problems that may not be noticeable utilizing traditional checking tools as well as equipment. Marine studies are carried out making use of “non harmful” techniques suggesting as a general policy we do not dismantle a component for examination. We observe a bearing as an example to find any type of misalignment or too much wear without eliminating the thing and also examining the equipment such as a generator, power steering pump or an electrical panel. If any type of breakdown or possible issue can not be seen by the naked eye or heard, a surveyor may not realize a possible trouble exists. Using a thermal scan can determine prospective issues such as bearings, warm exchangers for engine cooling systems or manifolds and/or risers as an instance. Thermal scanning may determine a coolant clog which might create harm to the engine. This can be done without getting rid of the thing from the engine as well as examining it took apart. An electrical panel powering the onboard electrical system is one more area where the use of thermal scanning can determine potential issues that would not be discovered without a qualified aquatic electrical professional examining every circuit. We are not suggesting that the need for mechanical or electric technicians are now not called for yet it allows the surveyor too perhaps identify potential problems prior to the acquisition.

Just How Does Thermal Imaging Work?

Every object releases some amount of thermal radiation so thermal imaging is perfect for observing temperature abnormalities that are abnormal in machinery, electric devices, and also solids such as wood, fiberglass, light weight aluminum, and also steel. Thermal imaging does not need light to see thermal radiation (like you would certainly see in night vision electronic cameras which call for some quantity of light) so thermal cams can see in absolute darkness. Thermal imaging is used widely in various other industries for maintenance and pre-failure examinations of machinery. Although somewhat brand-new modern technology in marine surveying, thermal imaging is used extensively in the surveying of business aircraft hulls and also systems. At Sun Coast Marine Surveying we want to insure our land surveyors have the very best modern technology offered for our customers.

The tool used for thermal imaging is the thermographic cam, which is comparable in appearance and procedure of a mobile electronic video camera. Our firm makes use of FLIR ® brand name infrared electronic cameras. We make use of details FLIR ® cam’s that utilize MSX ® Thermal Image Enhancement. Not all FLIR ® electronic cameras have this MSX ® technology as well as it is only readily available on FLIR ® brand cameras. MSX ® adds key details from the onboard visible light video camera to the entire infrared image in actual time. The result: an all-in-one thermal image with numbers, labels, as well as various other architectural functions undamaged so you’ll promptly recognize where the possible trouble is and also a lot more quickly identify the issue.

A special lens on the infrared video camera concentrates the infrared light emitted among the items in sight. With MSX ® the electronic camera has an additional lens which records an electronic photo and each image really generates 3 photos. Using the FLIR ® software each picture can be watched in three various layouts.

1. Digital Image 2. Thermal Image 3. Thermal MSX

The Thermal MSX photo actually overlays the electronic photo over the thermal image to create a picture that is clear and also much easier to identify.

So What Are the Advantages of Thermal Imaging?

There are numerous benefits to thermal imaging in many industries. In the marine market there are lots of benefits to thermal imaging. A few of these benefits are:

  1. No touch with is needed. Keeps the surveyor untouched and allows the capacity to analyze moving as well as heat parts in an engine area with engines being run. Allows the surveyor to analyze high voltage electric elements without touching cables.
  2. It is real time. Allows fast scanning and also recording of stationary targets.
  3. Thermal patterns can be seen. What this means to you the buyer is it dramatically lowers money and time spent on a technician or mechanic. Because of thermal imaging, time is saved dismantling and troubleshooting a part or undergoing miles of electrical wiring on a watercraft or luxury yacht to locate the issue. The thermographic photo can find the temperature anomaly promptly.
  4. Boosts the aquatic survey report. Our company supplies this solution at no added cost on all marine surveys. Thermal imaging on elements such as engines, transmissions, containers, electric systems, electrical tools, hulls and decks can identify if malfunctioning elements, leaks, or delamination might exist within the vessel before the acquisition
Thermography And How It Makes Your Vessel Safer

As you can see in the pictures above, thermography can make your vessel (or possible vessel) a more secure investment. Thermography can notice the warm that might avoid an electric fire. Thermal imaging can spot leaking fuel or water from tanks that may stop an explosion or water damage to the interior of the vessel. Thermal imaging can find temperature level abnormalities in the engines or transmissions that can prevent a lot more costly engine or transmission repairs in the future.

The photos to the right are issues of delamination that were determined by the use thermal imaging. Using thermal cameras in the marine surveying sector assists the qualified surveyor to recognize prospective structural issues that may be missed out on by utilizing standard methods.

The marine surveying market still makes use of the common tried and true techniques of checking that have been shown for years. At Sun Shore Marine Surveying as well as Consulting we make use of much of these very same techniques such as making use of a GRP33 wetness meter as well as percussion soundings. The additional use the FLIR ® thermal video cameras with MSX ® Imaging modern technology is what divides our firm from the rest.

Thermal image of a onboard generator operating under a load.

Thermal image of a Cummins Diesel engine

Infrared thermal image of hull delamination on the lower right side of the image.

Infrared thermal image of a hull bottom with hidden delamination under the fiberglass