Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) / Materials Testing
NDT finds extensive application in assessing the characteristics of materials, components, or systems without inducing any damage. With the capabilities of IR cameras, internal defects are identified through target excitation and the observation of thermal variations on the surface. This thermal imaging technique proves to be invaluable in detecting defects and potential points of failure in diverse fields like composites, solar cells, bridges, and electronics. Moreover, it serves as an excellent tool for conducting thermal mapping during materials testing, allowing for a comprehensive analysis of stress distribution.
Solar Cell Inspection
Lock-In thermography is a specialized technique used for non-destructive testing of materials. When applied to solar cell inspection, this method proves effective in identifying electrical shunt defects. By energizing the solar cell, the Lock-In thermography system can analyze the thermal patterns generated on the cell’s surface. Any areas with abnormal temperature distributions indicate the presence of shunts.
In the case of composites, which often consist of multiple layers or materials bonded together, the detection of defects is of utmost importance to ensure structural integrity and longevity. Thermal non-destructive testing can accurately identify voids, which are areas with missing material, and delaminations, where the layers of the composite separate from each other. Additionally, the presence of water inclusion, a common concern in composites, can also be detected through this method, as water exhibits different thermal properties compared to the surrounding materials.
Bridge Deck Inspection
This sophisticated camera system offers unparalleled accuracy in evaluating the condition of concrete bridge decks. By detecting and visualizing thermal patterns and temperature variations on the bridge’s surface, the TROUS infrared camera enables inspectors to identify even subtle signs of deterioration that may otherwise remain undetected with traditional inspection methods.
Electronics Design & Testing
The escalating demands for smaller, more efficient, and dependable electronic components and systems have given rise to the need for advanced tools that facilitate critical decision-making throughout the entire product development cycle.