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Detecting Failure Mechanisms In Current-Carrying Equipment Utilizing Both An Infrared Line Scanner and An Infrared Imager
Author(s): Michael D. Gutin
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Paper Abstract

Thermographic inspection is an invaluable diagnostic technique for detecting thermal abnormalities indicative of failure mechanisms in current-carrying equipment. No other maintenance procedure can provide such fast and accurate evaluation of the operating con-dition of electrical apparatus. Infrared line scanners and infrared imagers are both used successfully for thermographic inspection surveys. Each system has certain advantages and disadvantages. The Barnes Thermatrace single-line scanner and the AGA Thermovision 750 imager are compared. Periodic thermographic inspection surveys in commercial and industrial plants substantially reduce the frequency of equipment failures and unscheduled power outages. Proper planning and organization increases the efficiency of a survey and reduces the cost. Several examples illustrate some of the types of failure mechanisms frequently encountered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 December 1980
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0246, Contemporary Infrared Sensors and Instruments, (3 December 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959365
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Michael D. Gutin, Westinghouse Electric Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0246:
Contemporary Infrared Sensors and Instruments
Herbert Kaplan; Frederic M. Zweibaum, Editor(s)

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