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Thermographic inspection of external thermal insulation systems with mechanical fixing
Author(s): Nuno Simões; Inês Simões; Catarina Serra; António Tadeu
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Paper Abstract

An External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS) kit may include anchors to mechanically fix the insulation product onto the wall. Using this option increases safety when compared to a simple bonded solution, however, it is more expensive and needs higher labor resources. The insulation product is then coated with rendering, which applied to the insulation material without any air gap. The rendering comprises one or more layers of coats with an embedded reinforcement. The most common multi-coat rendering system presents a base coat applied directly to the insulation product with a glass fiber mesh as reinforcement, followed by a second base coat, before a very thin coat (key coat) that prepares the surface to receive the finishing and decorative coat. The thickness of the rendering system may vary between around 5 to 10 mm. The higher thicknesses may be associated with a reinforcement composed by two layers of glass fiber mesh.

The main purpose of this work is to apply infrared thermography (IRT) techniques to 2 ETICS solution (single or double layer of glass fiber mesh) and evaluate its capability in the detection of anchors. The reliability of IRT was tested using an ETICS configuration of expanded cork boards and a rendering system with one or two layers of glass fiber mesh. An active thermography approach was performed in laboratory conditions, in transmission and reflection mode. In the reflection mode halogen lamps and air heater were employed as the thermal stimulus. Air heater was also the source used in the transmission mode tests. The resulting data was processed in both time and frequency domains. In this last approach, phase contrast images were generated and studied.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9485, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVII, 94851A (12 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180711
Show Author Affiliations
Nuno Simões, ITeCons (Portugal)
Pólo II da Univ. de Coimbra (Portugal)
Inês Simões, ITeCons (Portugal)
Catarina Serra, ITeCons (Portugal)
Pólo II da Univ. de Coimbra (Portugal)
António Tadeu, ITeCons (Portugal)
Pólo II da Univ. de Coimbra (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9485:
Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVII
Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh; Joseph N. Zalameda, Editor(s)

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