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Infrared Thermography Course (Level 1)

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Course Overview

The Level I Infrared Thermography Training Course is geared to the new infrared camera user and focuses on its use for a variety of condition monitoring/predictive maintenance applications. Attendees completing all training course requirements and an thermography field assignment will receive a Level I Infrared Thermography Certification.

Course Syllabus

IR Camera introduction

    • Measurement functions
    • Capturing an image

Basic Thermal Science

    • Heat
    • Temperature

Basic heat transfer

    • Conductive heat transfer rate
    • Conductivity
    • Steady state and transient heat transfer
    • Thermal capacity
    • Convection
    • Evaporation and condensation
    • Radiation heat transfer

The electromagnetic spectrum

    • The electromagnetic spectrum
    • Atmospheric transmission

Radiation Energy Exchange

    • Radiation properties – incident
    • Radiation properties – exitant
    • Blackbodies

Thermal image interpretation

    • Visual versus infrared
    • The thermal image
    • Apparent temperature
    • Apparent temperature and emissivity
    • Emissivity effects

Thermal image analysis techniques

    • Thermal gradient
    • Camera tools for pattern enhancement
    • Reflection from a spot source

Qualitative and Quantitative

    • Comparing qualitative and quantitative
    • Example of classification criteria
    • Baseline data

Infrared Measurement Techniques

    • Radiated energy and temperature
    • Calibration
    • Calibration check
    • Influence of the atmosphere
    • Atmosphere
    • Reflected radiation
    • Reflected apparent temperature
    • Compensation for emissivity, and temperature calculation
    • Lesson objectives
    • Stefan-Boltzmann’s Law for Real Bodies
    • Temperature calculation
    • Camera measurement tools
    • Emissivity
    • Emissivity and reflected apparent temperature
    • Detectors and pixels
    • Target size for measurement
    • Solution for small targets

ITC Level I Lab session

Formula number 1: Fourier’s Law of Heat Transfer
Formula number 2: Incident Radiation
Formula number 3: Kirchhoff’s Law of Radiation
Formula number 4: Exitant Radiation
Formula number 5: Radiation of an Opaque Object
Formula number 6: Stefan-Boltzmann’s Law
Formula number 7: Stefan-Boltzmann’s Law (modified version)
Formula number 8: Emissivity
Formula number 9: Emissivity (modified version)

Course Duration (Days)



Certificates of Attendance awarded by Institute of Infrared Thermography