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A Case Study Of Applying Infrared Thermography To Identify A Coolant Leak In A Municipal Ice Skating Rink
Author(s): Jay R. Wallace
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Paper Abstract

This paper deals with the application of infrared imaging radiometry as a diagnostic inspection tool for locating a concealed leak in the refrigeration system supplying glycol coolant to the arena floor of an ice skating rink in a municipal coliseum facility. Scanning approximately 10 miles of black iron tubing embedded in the arena floor resulted in locating a leak within the supply/return side of the system. A secondary disclosure was a restriction to normal coolant flow in some delivery loops caused by sludge build-up. Specific inspection procedures were established to enhance temperature differentials suitable for good thermal imaging. One procedure utilized the temperature and pressure of the city water supply; a second the availability of 130F hot water from the facility's boiler system; and a third the building's own internal ambient temperature. Destructive testing and other data collection equipment confirmed the thermographic findings revealing a section of corrosion damaged pipe. Repair and flushing of the system was quickly completed with a minimum of construction costs and inconvenience. No financial losses were incurred due to the interruption of scheduled revenue events. Probable cause for the shutdown condition was attributed to a flawed installation decision made 15 years earlier during the initial construction stage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1989
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1094, Thermosense XI: Intl Conf on Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control, (21 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.953393
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Jay R. Wallace, Wallace Thermographics Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1094:
Thermosense XI: Intl Conf on Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control
Gregory B. McIntosh, Editor(s)

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