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: © / 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.

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.

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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.

  • Automated Testing Solution ACTIVE-LIT - Header - Picture Credits: © / scorpp
    Electronic / Semiconductor Testing - E-LIT

    Electronic / Semiconductor Testing - E-LIT

    Detect inhomogeneous temperature distribution and local power loss during the production using the Lock-in thermography.

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

Infrared Cameras for Chemical Industry Applications