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Infrared Thermography Level 1

This course prepares you for qualification as a category 1 certified thermographer. You will learn about the basics of infrared, how to operate the camera under different conditions and for various purposes, how to do an appropriate judgement of the measurement situation in the field and identify potential error sources. You will be able to do IR inspections following written guidelines and to report the result of this inspection.

After a short introduction to thermography you will have hands-on training. The theory sections on heat and infrared will provide you with the basic knowledge needed to use the IR camera in the field, and to recognize and interpret thermal patterns. Strong emphasis will be put on the IR measurement techniques and the influence of emissivity and reflectivity on the measurement results. You will train the measurement on real-life lab equipment and you will also learn how and when to use qualitative and quantitative thermography. A short introduction to inspection routines and reporting principles will finalize the lecture. Now you will be well prepared to create a short case study which you will present in front of the class. The course ends with an exam including multiple choice questions and thermogram analysis.The class includes exercises and our trainers work with images, sketches, and simple diagrams to illustrate the theoretical parts in a descriptive way. No prior certification or experience is necessary to attend this course, although ownership of an infrared camera, laptop and software would be beneficial (bring along if possible).​

Course Breakdown:

1. Introduction to Thermography:

  • Introduction to infrared thermography
  • Why is temperature important?
  • Applications

2. IR Camera introduction:

  • Controlling the image
  • Measurement functions
  • Capturing an image
  • The “Big Three”
  • Temperature range
  • Optical focusing
  • Image composition
  • Storage devices
  • Practical tips

3. Basic Thermal Science:

  • Heat and temperature
  • Units for measuring temperature
  • Rules in thermal science

4. Basic Heat Transfer

  • Heat transfer modes
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation heat transfer

5. The Electromagnetic Spectrum

  • Waves
  • The electromagnetic spectrum

6. Radiation Energy Exchange

  • Radiation energy exchange modes
  • Incident radiation
  • Exitant radiation
  • Blackbodies
  • Real life targets

7. Thermal Image Interpretation

  • Camera principle
  • Visual versus infrared
  • The thermal image
  • Apparent temperature and emissivity

8. Thermal Image Analysis Techniques

  • Thermal gradient
  • Camera tools for pattern enhancement
  • Thermal tuning
  • Image  ​analysis – misleading patterns

9. Qualitative and Quantitative

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Fault classification criteria
  • Baseline data

10. Infrared Measurement Techniques

  • Radiated energy and temperature
  • Calibration
  • Compensation for effects of the surroundings
  • Measurement conditions

11. Infrared Measurement Techniques

  • Radiated energy and temperature
  • Calibration
  • Compensation for effects of the surroundings
  • Measurement conditions

12. Thermography Guidelines​