Successful thermography depends on the operator’s understanding of the principles of heat transfer and their application in the field in which they are working. That’s where Uaviation can help. Now, with the ability to study images from the air, thermal infra-red imaging is becoming a powerful tool in asset inspection.
Heat-loss and roof insulation
Electric fault identification
n all plants there are diverse collections of equipment that can be inspected using infrared thermography. For most mechanical equipment the techniques used to inspect the equipment are straightforward, but specific knowledge and experience with some equipment is often required.
No one knows the equipment better than the plant personnel so in Melbourne, Uaviation’s aerial thermal service includes Ground Control so those engineers can “call the shots” as the drone is at work.
Monitor Bearing wear and highlight mis-alignment
Target steam system leaks
Spot Corrosion before it is visible
Monitoring heat exchangers and overheating motors
Locating electrical insulation and capacitor breakdowns
Problems that can be spotted with thermal imaging include:
Bad cooling – due to reduced airflow
Unbalance, overload or over-voltage
Insulation problems with motor windings
Bearing problems – lubrication, wear, etc.
Friction due to wear, misalignment or inadequate lubrication
Photo voltaic cell performance
Cold-bridging, insulation continuity, roof moisture ingress
hermography is used to monitor environmental issues as it is a highly flexible and effective diagnostic technique. Some of the uses of aerial thermal imagery in Victoria include:
Landfill gas generation and leaks
Water course pollution
Wind turbine inspections
Solar panel / photo voltaic panel inspection
Pipeline inspection / underground leak detection
Aerial thermal / infrared signature of a koala in a tree (Victoria).
Note: a koala’s core temperature is significantly lower than other mammals.
aviation can deploy quickly and remain on-site for up to 21 hours. Our ground control stations are energy independent, provide a base station for communications and a common area for aircraft operations.
See through smoke, fog and haze
Find lost / disorientated people (in water and dense bush)
Back-burn and firefront monitoring
Locate the source of fire in metal yards and similar environments
R emotely piloted aircraft are uniquely suited to continuous fire-front and back burn monitoring. Capable of remaining airborne for long periods and providing continuous video coverage of hot-spots or fire fighting efforts, unmanned aircraft offer a low-risk alternative to manned flights and monitoring.