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19 March 1999 Finite element analysis as a tool for thermography
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The use of finite element analysis for predicting surface temperatures in response to hidden features is presented. Examples of predicted temperatures for buried pipes using passive IR and for subsurface flaws using active IR are presented. The impact of various depths for the pipe and the flaw, as well as the size of the flaw are examined. The use of the approach to improve the likelihood of successful application of IR Thermography for problem solution is discussed. It is my purpose in this paper to acquaint those of you who are not aware of FEA's capabilities with those capabilities, and to demonstrate, in particular, two applications for it in the area of thermography. Many other applications are possible and I hope that the two cases presented will suggest some of them.
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Jack M. Kleinfeld "Finite element analysis as a tool for thermography", Proc. SPIE 3700, Thermosense XXI, (19 March 1999);


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