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Thermal Imaging in Aerospace Industry

Updated: Oct 25



The vast scope of thermal imaging as a flexible, powerful technology constitutes a slew of industrial applications, from standard predictive maintenance right up to non-destructive testing and stress analysis in AOG applications.


A single type of camera cannot address every kind of application and problem. The technology can be broadly classified under two categories: cooled and uncooled. The cooled cameras are used for scientific research and development whereas uncooled ones are for maintenance and automated infrared inspection.


Over the last decade, technology has advanced rapidly and technological advancement has narrowed down the gap between cooled and uncooled cameras. This opened door for thermography in the aerospace industry. Now, it is easier and cheaper to use the technology without compromising with quality standards for inspection, maintenance, and even NDT applications.


Le’s start with the basic question. What is thermal imaging?

Think of a digital camera. What does it do? It uses certain radiation of a particular wavelength, that is, visible light, reflected by the objects to form an image.


Similarly, thermal imaging cameras also pick up radiations to form images. They use infrared radiation, which has a slightly longer wavelength than visible light and is not visible to our naked eye. It looks for such radiations and converts them into visible light for us to see. Thermal images or thermograms can be used to detect relatively warm targets and provide a higher level of surveillance.


The stringent safety standards in the aviation industry calls for high-quality thermal resolutions.


The performance and reliability of data have further improved. The professionals in the industry rely on thermal resolutions for acquiring data at a much higher speed. This further enhances their monitoring and controlling of processes. It is imperative for the aerospace industry to maintain quality standards. Every product and material should be of optimal quality. The active heat flow thermography ensures this quality standard by reporting the fault analysis efficiently. Therma imaging enables frequent checks, maintenance, and repairs. Thermography has improved their surveillance and control systems.


The aviation and defense industries need the most efficient and advanced technology for quality measurement tasks, such as quality control and thermal behavior of aero engines. All the tasks require accurate analysis and to carry out efficient analysis and reports, they require advanced technology infrared camera systems.


Accurate temperature measurements are necessary for radiometry, analytics, and elementary learning. FLIR, the most advanced infrared camera technology in the world, supports all kinds of needs of the industry effectively.


One of the most efficient cameras developed by FLIR is FLIR Tau Thermal Imaging Core Camera. It offers exceptional features that suit the high demands of the aerospace industry. Some of the common applications encompass thermal sights, handheld images, and UVA (Unmanned Airborne Vehicles). The air on average the air aerospace industry required cameras with high thermal resolutions of 20 MK or high and frame rates of 100 Hz or more. This camera has higher sensitivity activity close to 30 MK and a frame rate of 640/ 60 Hertz. It can be integrated with other configurations of similar electrical functions for smooth operations


Kasstech being a distributor for FLIR technologies also supplies FLIR Tau2 Thermal Imaging Camera.


For more information, head to Kasstech Aerospace, one of the leading industries in India, that has efficiently recognized the potential of the technology and has become a prime distributor and supplier of cost-effective brilliant solutions in the aviation and defense spaces.

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