How does wind affect thermography?

March 27, 2017By Bob BerryBuilding thermography

This is a regular question, and to be often it is often not understood. There are several thermography companies that do thermography and ignore wind totally. Several others only take it into account by woking below a preset limit, like 10 m/s. This limit of 10 m/s is to some extent the fault of trainers, that often … Read More

What is the cold temperature limit for infrared thermography?

March 20, 2017By Bob BerryGeneral

This depends on the capability of the thermographic camera used. Standard uncooled cameras fitted with a microbolometer detector allow non-contact temperature measurement as low as -40°C. Below this temperature, they are still emitting in the infrared region, however due to Planck’s  Law the infrared intensity emitted by objects is very low indeed. To measure below this limit … Read More

At what depth can thermography measure temperature?

March 13, 2017By Bob BerryGeneral

I get asked this from time to time. For most materials we cannot see below the surface at all, never mind measure a temperature below the surface. The vast majority of common materials are thermally opaque, this means that the camera can only detect radiation emitted from  the surface. For this reason we cannot normally … Read More

Where does infrared energy come from?

March 6, 2017By Bob BerryGeneral

This is a question that I get asked from time to time. All objects emit infra radiation, the hotter the object, the more infrared energy it emits. It is generated by rotation and vibration of atoms and molecules. The higher the temperature, the faster the movement of the atoms and molecules, and therefore the more infrared is … Read More