Common materials used in the construction of Yachts and Small Craft include wood, metal, FRP, and numerous composite materials. All of these materials are susceptible to eventual failure. Wood materials decompose, metals oxidize, and both FRP and composite materials suffer from debonds, voids, delamination, liquid intrusion and degradation of core material.
Thermal Imaging can be successfully applied as a Non Destructive Testing (NDT) method for evaluating all the materials listed above, whether it is used for determining the extent of damage from a loss related incident, quantify manufacturer defects, or evaluate materials degradation due to normal wear and tear.
The purpose of a Thermal Imaging inspection of an FRP laminate or marine composite is to locate and document patterns of infrared radiation on vessel surfaces that are caused by liquid intrusion, voids, delaminations, disbonds, fractures, and never-bonds in the laminate. Applicable constructions include vessel hulls constructed out of commercially available resins and marine composites generally used in the construction of vessels.
Data from thermal infrared inspections of vessels may be used to support assessments of the condition of the hull system or for quality assurance inspections of practices used in new construction, repairs, or retrofits of vessels.
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