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Old 01-23-2013
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Re: Thermal imaging cameras for checking decks and hulls for moisture

Why would a thermal imager detect water unless the water was at a diff temp than the surroundings?
OTOH, I have always wanted to try using microwaves the either measure water in a hull or to drive it out of a hull by heating it. One could use microwave backscatter from the water to measure it.

For very expensive composite materials, I have just written a proposal to use x-ray backscatter to image water intrusion in composites. Yes, it would work for boats too (It is intended for aircraft components). However, the detector alone costs well over $25,000, the x-ray source over $10,000, software needed, shielding etc.
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