Thermal Impressions: Volatile Liquids.

About: Update 12 September 2017: A very special thanks to Sam Elder, a manager here at Instructables, who tracked down the cause of my lost publications and fixed the issue. Take a bow Sam!

Intro: Thermal Impressions: Volatile Liquids.

I decided to create a series highlighting uses for a thermal camera. Applications are limitless, ranging from household troubleshooting to industrial maintenance.

My camera is the seek thermal xr. It is on the low end of the thermal camera scale but it is extremely useful.

Step 1: Finding Volatile Liquid Leaks.

Any volatile liquid evaporates easily. It absorbs nearby thermal energy and goes from liquid to gas state.

Using a thermal camera will easily locate even small leaks due to the significant temperature difference.

I used a can of deodorant spray to demonstrate the principal. The stream of liquid droplets from the nozzle is easily visible. Also the run of liquid deodorant on the cap is seen visually and thermally.

The same principle applies to other volatiles like gasoline, refrigerant and alcohol.

Leak detection is simplified using a thermal camera.

My preference for the images is the monochrome pallette since it provides a bit more clarity. You can of course choose to have a different color pallette.

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