Materiales de Construcción, Vol 62, No 305 (2012)

Analysis of the influence of density on infrared thermography and of the scope of this technique in the detection of internal defects in wood

C. Rodríguez-Liñán
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

M. J. Morales-Conde
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

P. Rubio-de Hita
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

F. Pérez-Gálvez
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain


This paper shows the results of a laboratory phase for the determination of the 1limits of infrared thermography in detecting internal defects in wood and, furthermore, it analyses how the density of this material can influence the surface temperature displayed in a thermogram. To this end, experimental work is carried out whereby a series of work and environmental parameters are monitored (such as environmental temperature, relative humidity, distance to target), and the process is systematized by using pieces of different wood species (different densities) and by devising a set of samples for which various possible cases are analysed in terms of size and internal position of the damage. Similarly, using these samples, a study has been conducted on the effect on the thermal image produced by an increase of humidity inside the defect phenomena normally associated with wood decay.


infrared thermography; wood; density; detection of internal defects; decay

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