Thermal monitoring is an innovative method of determining various environmental threats through thermal analysis.
The measurement technique is to measure the tempatarure along the fibre optic cable preserving high thermal and spatial resolution (the measurements can be conducted every 1 meter or closer).
Thermal monitoring advantages: It is a line monitoring, the measurements do not influence the structure. The fible optic cable is durable and it is a passive component, thus it can be used as a sensor near explosion or fire hazard areas and in places with electromagnetic field. It can be used in areas with limited or restricted accessibility.
Application: hydrological structures (earth dams, embankments)- fast detection of seepage and erosion processes (landslides and landslide prone areas), structures such as bridges, tunnels and in mining (fire monitoring of the conveyor belts).
Thermal monitoring may be automatic and the measurements can be integrated with those received from other sensors, with the monitoring and control systems as well as with the archive systems.