Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Infrared Thermography for Roof Leaks
The Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant facility has been susceptible to roof leaks because of the large size and age of the buildings. The facility spent more than $2 million each year to maintain over four million square feet of roofs, many of which were over 25 years old. Because of water migration, conventional methods could not accurately determine the source of water intrusion. The Y-12 Plant Site Management Services Department developed an Infrared Thermography System for detecting roof leaks.
The Infrared Thermographic System is a non-destructive technique that uses an electronic scanner to convert infrared (IR) radiation to light. Video images are produced by scanning latent heat radiation from moisture trapped in roofing material that shows the precise location of the greatest amount of moisture. This system enables the user to conduct surveys to continually assess the condition of existing structures and effect early, cost-effective repair. Additionally, the Infrared Thermographic System can be used to detect leaks in steam lines, tanks, heat loss in equipment and buildings, as well as problems with high voltage lines.
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