Fast infared camera systems with a frame rate ranging up to some kHz open thermography doors to new applications. The thermal behaviour of high speed processes can be monitored and analysed. An example is the optimisation of airbags as their the heat distribution during the explosion can well be analysed.
High-speed thermography with frame rates of more than 10 kHz are based on special detectors and acquisition units. Especially their ability to acquire and read out data in parallel provides thermographic measurements precisely in a millisecond range. Those detectors are so-called snapshot detectors which are integrated by InfraTec in their ImageIR® infrared camera series.