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Infrared thermographic diagnostic aid to aircraft maintenance
Author(s): Michael Delo; Steve Delo
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Paper Abstract

Thermographic data can be used as a supplement to aircraft maintenance operations in both back shop and flight line situations. Aircraft systems such as electrical, propulsion, environmental, pitot static and hydraulic/pneumatic fluid, can be inspected using a thermal infrared (IR) imager. Aircraft systems utilize electro-hydraulic, electro-mechanical, and electro-pneumatic mechanisms, which, if accessible, can be diagnosed for faults using infrared technology. Since thermographs are images of heat, rather than light, the measurement principle is based on the fact that any physical object (radiating energy at infrared wavelengths within the IR portion of the electro-magnetic spectrum), can be imaged with infrared imaging equipment. All aircraft systems being tested with infrared are required to be energized for troubleshooting, so that valuable baseline data from fully operational aircraft can be collected, archived and referenced for future comparisons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6541, Thermosense XXIX, 65410Z (9 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.722571
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Michael Delo, Mission Thermal Infrared Inc. (United States)
Steve Delo, Mission Thermal Infrared Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6541:
Thermosense XXIX
Kathryn M. Knettel; Vladimir P. Vavilov; Jonathan J. Miles, Editor(s)

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