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Application of thermal imaging to electronic fault diagnosis
Author(s): Lloyd G. Allred; Tom R. Howard
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Paper Abstract

The Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) is a telemetry system employed by the joint armed services for scoring weapon accuracy during Red Flag and Top Gun simulated air combat. Thermal imaging was employed as the basis of a repair process. A series of IR photograms, collected during circuit warm-up, is employed to characterize the temperature of every part of the circuit board in question. After sampling the warm-up transients of known good cards, the system has a clear indication if a given component is functioning correctly. The Neural Radiant Energy Detection System is now employed as the basis for repaid for the ACMI. During the repair process, out-of-thermal-tolerance components are replaced, resulting in a high reliability repair process. As a result, the ACMI is out of emergency repair status for the first time in 10 years. The approach offers a significant improvement over traditional electronic fault diagnosis where, in many instances, a faulty component cannot be isolated from the response of an electronic circuit card, particularly in cases of shorts and feedback loops.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2245, Thermosense XVI: An International Conference on Thermal Sensing and Imaging Diagnostic Applications, (21 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171172
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Lloyd G. Allred, Air Force Ogden Air Logistics Ctr. (United States)
Tom R. Howard, Air Force Ogden Air Logistics Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2245:
Thermosense XVI: An International Conference on Thermal Sensing and Imaging Diagnostic Applications
John R. Snell, Editor(s)

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