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Performance of Thermal Imaging Cameras in High Temperature Environments.


pdf icon Performance of Thermal Imaging Cameras in High Temperature Environments. (856 K)
Donnelly, M. K.; Davis, W. D.; Selepak, M. J.

NIST TN 1491; NIST Technical Note 1491; 17 p. November 2007.

Keywords:

thermal imaging; cameras; high tempeature; electronic equipment; tests; velocity; tempeature measurements; fire fighters; fire fighting; fire fighting equipment; time; exposure

Abstract:

Thermal imaging cameras used by firefighters and other emergency responders must maintain acceptable image quality while operating in the severe conditions of a fire environment. Currently, there are no standard performance metrics for these cameras. This work investigates the impact of elevated temperatures on the operation of three different thermal imaging cameras. A heated air flow loop was used to provide the elevated thermal environment, and a variable temperature target served as a viewing object. Results of the testing are presented.