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The Application Of Infrared Thermography In Fire And Explosion Investigation
Author(s): Charles C. Roberts
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Paper Abstract

Infrared thermography has been used in medically related litigation for several years. In past years its use has increased in areas of non-medical litigation. The use of infrared thermography in non-medical legal matters usually revolves around complex technical issues connected with loss or life or loss of property. Losses involving fire and explosion often deal with heat transfer phenomenon readily observed and recorded by infrared scanners. Infrared thermography is a powerful visual media that simplifies the presentation of physical phenomenon to lay people who often decide as judge or jury the outcome of a court action involving a loss. Several examples of infrared thermography utilized in fire and explosion investigation are presented. Examples of infrared thermography usage in fire origin investigation, explosion investigation, equipment failures and potential equipment failures are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1988
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0934, Thermosense X: Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control, (1 January 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.968478
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Charles C. Roberts, Consulting Engineer (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0934:
Thermosense X: Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control
Ronald D. Lucier, Editor(s)

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