High Speed & Stop Motion Infrared Imaging

Researchers who want to stop motion on fast-moving targets, or freeze frame the thermal dynamics of targets that heat and cool rapidly, need thermal cameras that can do more than achieve fast frame rates. True high speed infrared imaging requires fast integration times – down to just microseconds – as well as the ability to capture data at 29,000 frames per second. Next generation infrared detectors now make it possible to record high speed data with the full 640 x 512 frame, meaning researchers can perform dynamic analysis of jet engine turbine blades, supersonic projectiles, explosions, and more, without losing areas of the frame to windowing.


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High Speed & Stop Motion Infrared Cameras

FLIR SC6700 Series MWIR Camera

Good:
FLIR SC6700

640 × 512 Resolution
126 Hz Full Frame Rate
10 µsec Min Integration Time

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FLIR SC7000 Series IR Camera

Better:
FLIR SC8300 / SC8200

1344 × 784 / 1024 × 1024 Resolution
132 Hz Full Frame Rate
500 ns Min Integration Time

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FLIR X6900sc MWIR Camera

Best:
FLIR X6900sc

640 × 512 Resolution
1004 Hz Full Frame Rate
480 ns Min Integration Time

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High Speed Application Stories

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High-resolution FLIR camera brings science to the racing track

Engine pre-heating systems are becoming an ever more valuable asset and even a competitive advantage on today's car racing tracks. Many racing professionals acknowledge the value of this technology, because it helps them prevent engine wear, poor performance on the track and even the loss of hard dollars.

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Next Generation IR Technologies Solve High Speed Automotive Testing Challenges

Product research and development on internal combustion engines, brake rotors and tires, and high speed airbags are just a few of the areas that truly benefit from high speed, high sensitivity thermal characterization testing.

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High speed thermal cameras – the need for speed

Measuring heat with thermocouples or spot pyrometers can leave you with an incomplete picture of a device’s thermal properties. Infrared cameras, on the other hand, capture thousands of points of high speed thermal measurement, showing you exactly where heat is flaring up, and how fast.

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High Speed & Stop Motion Infrared Examples

Aerospace

Applications that benefit from high speed thermal infrared include jet engine testing and aerodynamic heating of surfaces. In these cases, a short shutter speed is needed to freeze motion. High speed infrared is also very useful for safety checks and post-analysis of space launch vehicles. Conditions such as leaks or small flames will often show up on infrared but will not show up on visible cameras.

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Auto Racing

High speed applications in the automotive design space include air bag testing, brake and tire testing, and even combustion research. In addition to the scientific or engineering aspects, megapixel infrared images are visually stunning and reveal many new aspects to the sport of auto racing that aren’t typically visible such as tire temperature differences, skid marks on the pavement, and debris generated from vehicle contacts.

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Ballistics

Detecting a bullet in flight can allow an embedded system to either identify the source of the projectile or possibly deploy a shielding mechanism to protect the target. The 565 frames/sec SC6800 with 640 x 512 pixels is the perfect camera for this application. This camera is also perfect for explosion research including IED effects. FLIR high speed cameras can be combined with Flight Followers or Trajectory Trackers to study such phenomena such as fin deployment, aerodynamic heating and sabot separation.

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Airbag Deployment

FLIR Thermal Infrared Cameras allow you to measure the temperatures of an inflating airbag over a million different spots at around 130 times a second. If you prefer 640 x 512 pixel resolution, you can measure temperatures at 1000 fps - our new "Best". This allows you to make sure the air bag isn’t damaged and the temperatures are safe for the occupants. Thermal infrared also sees through smoke or suspended particulates better than visible.

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And More...

Many applications can benefit from infrared cameras that can measure temperature on rapidly moving targets or targets with fast thermal slew rates. For example, one method of explosives testing involves subjecting a few grains of explosive material to input, such as a static spark or a hammer blow. Viewing the result of the explosion in infrared allows one to determine whether the material behaved as expected.

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