11 July 2017 The hybrid thermography approach applied to architectural structures
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This work contains an overview of infrared thermography (IRT) method and its applications relating to the investigation of architectural structures. In this method, the passive approach is usually used in civil engineering, since it provides a panoramic view of the thermal anomalies to be interpreted also thanks to the use of photographs focused on the region of interest (ROI). The active approach, is more suitable for laboratory or indoor inspections, as well as for objects having a small size. The external stress to be applied is thermal, coming from non-natural apparatus such as lamps or hot / cold air jets. In addition, the latter permits to obtain quantitative information related to defects not detectable to the naked eyes. Very recently, the hybrid thermography (HIRT) approach has been introduced to the attention of the scientific panorama. It can be applied when the radiation coming from the sun, directly arrives (i.e., possibly without the shadow cast effect) on a surface exposed to the air. A large number of thermograms must be collected and a post-processing analysis is subsequently applied via advanced algorithms. Therefore, an appraisal of the defect depth can be obtained passing through the calculation of the combined thermal diffusivity of the materials above the defect. The approach is validated herein by working, in a first stage, on a mosaic sample having known defects while, in a second stage, on a Church built in L’Aquila (Italy) and covered with a particular masonry structure called apparecchio aquilano. The results obtained appear promising.
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S. Sfarra, D. Ambrosini, D. Paoletti, I. Nardi, G. Pasqualoni, "The hybrid thermography approach applied to architectural structures", Proc. SPIE 10331, Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology VI, 103310V (11 July 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2269714; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2269714
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