Application of Infrared Camera Systems for Contactless Temperature Measurement of Chemical Reactions

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Chemical reactions are endogenous or exogenous proceedings resulting in heat flow. Imaging of temperature distribution by means of thermal imaging does not only allow punctual measuring of heat flows, but also enables analyses of entire process chains. Contactless measurement brings additional advantages since measuring of reacting chemicals is possible in the first place respectively connections to multiple contacting temperature sensors can be left out.

Case Studies in Chemical Industry

Monitoring the Surface Temperature on Curing Epoxy Resin Samples - Picture credits: © AdobeStock / wichientep
Monitoring the Surface Temperature on Curing Epoxy Resin Samples

Monitoring the Surface Temperature on Curing Epoxy Resin Samples

Epoxy resin systems are mostly used as a matrix material in fibre composites. In a variety of manufacturing processes, the corresponding resin system is processed in a flowable state. The material only acquires its rigidity in a subsequent curing process. This is characterized by an exothermic chemical reaction with a pronounced temperature dependence.

InfraTec thermography reference - Thermal Ceramics - Picture credits: © iStock.com / JazzIRT
Usage of VarioCAM® series at Morgen Thermal Ceramics

Thermography for Insulation Checks

All kind of hot industrial processes need to be contained well to allow the process itself to go on and at the same time to protect neighbouring installations and employees working there. Thermography helps to detect weak points and provides first indications for necessary repairs.

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Industrial Thermography

In the chemical industry, thermography is used for the inspection of plants, the monitoring of processes and the early detection of overheating. Sauer Engineering offers infrared measurements with infrared cameras from InfraTec.

Associated Thermographic Automation Solutions

  • Automation InfraTec INDU-SCAN - In-process industrial temperature measurement
    Process Control - INDU-SCAN

    Process Control - INDU-SCAN

    Contactless measurement of temperature distributions and profiles with industrial thermographic cameras permits efficient monitoring and control of temperature-dependent processes and procedures within a system-integrated quality assurance programme in industry.

  • Quality control for more precision in press hardening PRESS-CHECK
    Quality Control or Press Hardening - PRESS-CHECK

    Quality Control or Press Hardening - PRESS-CHECK

    Check the microstructures of sheet metal parts during the stamping process and establish a uniform high strength and quality of all produced stampings safely and with a contact-free method.

  • Welding seams and welding spots testing with WELD-CHECK
    Welding Inspection - WELD-CHECK

    Welding Inspection - WELD-CHECK

    Using pulse thermography, WELD-CHECK enables you a quantitative assessment of the inspected welds.

  • Thermographic Automation Solutions - Fire Prevention with FIRE-SCAN - Picture credits: © iStock.com / Im-Yeongsik
    Fire Prevention - FIRE-SCAN

    Fire Prevention - FIRE-SCAN

    Effectively secure your goods and appliances by integrating thermography into an automated early fire detection solution.

  • Early fire detection WASTE-SCAN with thermal imaging
    Waste Bunker Fire Monitoring - WASTE-SCAN

    Waste Bunker Fire Monitoring - WASTE-SCAN

    Effectively secure your goods and appliances by integrating thermography into an automated early fire detection solution.

  • Thermografic automation for site surveillance IROD
    Site Surveillance - IROD

    Site Surveillance - IROD

    Calibrated measuring cameras offer the option of a completely automated site surveillance by utilising temperature alarms – an approach well beyond the simple and susceptible motion detection systems used elsewhere. With IROD InfraTec offers a scaleable, powerful system solution.

  • Automation InfraTec GRID-DETECT protective housing
    IR Substation Monitoring - GRID-DETECT

    IR Substation Monitoring - GRID-DETECT

    The IR Substation Monitoring System GRID-DETECT uses infrared technology to monitor the temperature of substation components to secure the reliability of substation.

Publications of our Customers

Thermal performance of a solar high temperature thermochemical reactor power by a solar simulator

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® HD head 900

In situ reactor to image catalysts at work in three-dimensions by Bragg coherent X-ray diffraction

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8300

Technical design note: differential infrared thermography of methane jets

Infrared camera: ImageIR® Series

Dynamics of dust events in the graphite Plasmaphysics

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 5300

Infrared Thermography for Monitoring of Freeze-Drying Processes: Instrumental Developments and Preliminary Results

Thermometry of intermediate level waste containers using phosphor thermometry and thermal imaging

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8300

Testing of Reactor Insulation with Thermography

Reactor monitoring with thermal imaging

Reactors in chemical industry are strongly insulated in order to ensure the required reaction temperatures while protecting the environment against too high temperatures. Reactor insulations as well as any of their supply pipes and discharges have to meet highest requirements and must be checked in the respective way. Infrared camera systems provide a quick and detailed overview on leakages.

Liquid Level Monitoring of Tanks by Means of Infrared Camera Systems

Liquid and foamed chemicals are often kept in tanks. For this purpose, thermography provides an opportunity to monitor the liquid level of tanks. The temperature difference between the area containing liquids or foams and the empty one above is used for detection with thermal camera systems.

InfraTec chemical industry - fill level of a tank

Advantages of this Thermography Solutions in this Application

  • Further information about ATEX-certified protective housings

    ATEX-certified Protective Housings

    As a supplement to other monitoring systems, InfraTec offers thermographic systems that have ATEX-certified protective housings and pan/tilt systems. Depending on the requirement, these can be used in different protection zones for the gas and dust area. ATEX-compliant protective housings and pan/tilt systems are used in numerous areas.

  • Camera protective housing for infrared cameras by InfraTec
    Wide Range of Protective Housings

    Wide Range of Protective Housings

    The InfraTec product range includes numerous protective housings. The all-weather and robust metal housings allow the use of the thermographic cameras in harsh environments and protect against mechanical stress, dust and splash water. Depending on requirements, users can also choose ATEX-certified protective housings that can be used in potentially explosive atmospheres.

  • Thermografie-Kameraserie ImageIR® mit neuer 10 GigE-Schnittstelle
    Further information about the 10 GigE technology

    10 GigE Interface for a Strong Increase in Output

    The 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface of the high-end camera series ImageIR® opens this extremely fast transmission standard with a NIC specially developed by InfraTec. This works with optical or electrical transceiver modules that are easy to change and are called SFP+.

    Different 10 GigE fiber SFP+ transceivers allow transmission ranges of up to ten kilometers with the same low sensitivity to electromagnetic interference. A corresponding standard SFP ensures backward compatibility with the conventional GigE interface. This combination allows the ease of use of the cameras with the 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface in existing systems - though at a reduced transmission rate.

  • InfraTec glossary - VarioCAM® mobile wireless camera remote control

    Mobile Wireless Camera Remote Control

    Stationary camera systems are usually used PC-controlled. Alternatively, InfraTec offers a solution that makes the operation of the camera system even more versatile. An additional tablet PC is attached to the camera housing, which enables wireless control of all camera functions. The display solution allows access to all functions of the IRBIS® online control and acquisition software, delivered together with the camera.

  • InfraTec glossary - ImageIR® mobile wireless camera remote control

    Mobile Wireless Camera Remote Control

    Stationary camera systems are usually used PC-controlled. Alternatively, InfraTec offers a solution that makes the operation of the camera system even more versatile. An additional tablet PC is attached to the camera housing, which enables wireless control of all camera functions. The display solution allows access to all functions of the IRBIS® online control and acquisition software, delivered together with the camera.

  • InfraTec glossary - Rotating filter- und aperture wheel
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    Separate Filter & Aperture Wheel – Spectral Thermography

    The combination of a separate filter and aperture wheel, allowing a total of 30 freely selectable combinations, is prerequisite for an universal application in measurement tasks with high object temperatures and in the field of spectral thermography. The neutral density filters used for signal attenuation or the combination of spectral filters and apertures reliably prevent interference effects.

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Infrared Cameras for Chemical Industry Applications

Associated Industries & Applications

  • thermal imaging for asset inspections
    Plant Inspection

    Plant Inspection

    Using infrared camera systems and thermographic software by InfraTec will make you more efficient and more productive.

  • thermal imaging for security tasks
    Security Applications

    Security Applications

    Observation tasks for applications like investigation, remote surveillance, border guard and the protection of critical infrastructure are great challenges for the related authorities. Powerful infrared cameras are getting more and more indispensable nowadays.