Solar Loading

October 3, 2016By Bob BerryBuilding thermography, Electrical Thermography, General, Training

Solar loading I have been asked quite a lot recently about the effect of sunshine in outdoor electrical inspections. Strong sunlight will cause solar loading, this means that the sun will heat the objects that it is shining on. While we don’t normally worry about colour in thermography, colour will strongly affect the amount of … Read More

Condition Monitoring Standards & Guidelines

July 4, 2016By Bob BerryElectrical Thermography, General

Condition Monitoring Standards & Guidelines BS 5760-5. Reliability of systems, equipment and components; Guide to failure modes, effects and criticality analysis (FMEA and FMECA) ISBN 0580 196607. BS 5760-7 (IEC 61025). Reliability of systems, equipment and components. Fault tree analysis. ISBN 0580 203387. CMGEN, General requirements for qualification and PCN certification of condition monitoring and … Read More

Benefits of thermography on electrical systems

June 20, 2016By Bob BerryElectrical Thermography

I am often asked about the benefits associated with electrical thermography. First I have to say that every installation is different and the benefits found by one site may not be true for somewhere else. The following are some benefits commonly attributed to electrical thermography. Reduction of fire risk Overheated components do pose a very … Read More

Aluminium vs copper

May 4, 2016By Bob BerryElectrical Thermography

Is there a difference between a bad aluminium and copper connections (everything else being equal?) Yes, aluminium and copper and different materials with different properties, and this can have an affect of the failure mode of a connection. Copper has a melting point of about 1050°C, whereas aluminium melts at about 660°C. This is a … Read More