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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 323948, 8 pages
Research Article

Infrared Thermography in the Architectural Field

Department of Industrial Engineering, Aerospace Division, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125 Napoli, Italy

Received 28 August 2013; Accepted 26 September 2013

Academic Editors: J. Kim and B. Kumar

Copyright © 2013 Carosena Meola. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Infrared thermography is becoming ever more popular in civil engineering/architecture mainly due to its noncontact character which includes two great advantages. On one side, it prevents the object, under inspection, from any alteration and this is worthwhile especially in the presence of precious works of art. On the other side, the personnel operate in a remote manner far away from any hazard and this complies well with safety at work regulations. What is more, it offers the possibility to quickly inspect large surfaces such as the entire facade of a building. This paper would be an overview of the use of infrared thermography in the architectural and civil engineering field. First, some basic testing procedures are described, and then some key examples are presented owing to both laboratory tests and applications in situ spanning from civil habitations to works of art and archaeological sites.