LEVEL I QUALITATIVE THERMOGRAPHY
Level-I (Qualitative / Applications) is a five-day theory and applications course for the application of thermal imaging for P/PM, Condition Monitoring, Quality Assurance and Forensic Investigations.

This course covers infrared theory, heat transfer concepts, equipment operation and selection, standards compliance, image analysis and report generation.

Students are trained to identify and document thermal patterns caused by improper design, workmanship or material failure. Applications include: electrical distribution systems, mechanical systems, steam systems, refractory systems, underground piping, active thermography, building envelopes and flat roofs.

Students are encouraged to bring their own imager for individualized training or to learn how to use it more effectively.

LEVEL I CURRICULUM

1. Basic Infrared Theory
Heat transfer
Electromagnetic spectrum
Emittance, reflectance, and transmittance
Atmospheric transmission
IR wavebands and lens materials

2. Infrared Equipment
Selection criteria
Range and level settings
Class demonstrations
Manufacturer equipment presentations (optional)
Hands-on use in class

3. Electrical System Inspections
Theory and thermal signatures of problems
Airborne inspection of transmission lines
Ground-based inspection of distribution systems
Substation inspections
In-plant inspection of:
transformers
bus
switchgear
fuses
circuit breakers
cable trays
Guidelines for inspection
end user and thermographer responsibilities
safety practices
data gathering and report preparation

4. Mechanical System Inspections
Theory and thermal signatures of problems
Rotating equipment
Power transmission components
High-temperature insulation
Fluid flow including steam systems, heat exchangers, and cryogenics
Active thermographic inspection techniques
Guidelines for inspection
end user and thermographer responsibilities
safety practices
data gathering and report preparation

5. Building / Roof Moisture & Pest Inspections
Theory and component construction
Insulation & material moisture characteristics
Inspection techniques
interior
exterior
Weather variables and models
Required site conditions
creating sufficient delta-T
Pre-inspection procedures
Thermal signatures of latent moisture
Thermal signatures of pest damage
Mold detection
Inspection, data recording, marking and mapping
Destructive and non-destructive moisture verification
Guidelines for inspection
end user and thermographer responsibilities
safety practices
data gathering and report preparation

6. Building Envelope Energy Loss Inspections
Theory and component construction
Insulation & material characteristics
Inspection techniques
interior
exterior
Weather variables and models
Required site conditions
creating sufficient delta-T
Pre-inspection procedures
Inspection and data recording
Verification of data
Conduction losses by insufficient, missing, damaged or improperly-installed insulation:
weather variables and influences
thermal signatures
Convection losses by uncontrolled air movement
natural and forced convection
thermal signatures
pressurization/depressurization techniques
Guidelines for inspection
end user and thermographer responsibilities
safety practices
data gathering and report preparation

7. Implementing an IR Predictive Maintenance Program
9 steps to setting up a program
Integrating with other predictive technologies
Cross-verifying with other predictive technologies
Why programs fail, how they succeed


Course tuition includes all course presentations, the Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® Course Reference Manual, and certification exam. Certification card and diploma issued with passing grade of 80%. Courses begin at 8:30 am daily Monday through Friday and include a daily refreshments, and lunch Monday through Thursday. Course ends by noon Friday.

Prerequisite: none

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