Russian Journal of Nondestructive Testing

, Volume 54, Issue 8, pp 601–609 | Cite as

Quantitative Analysis Procedure for Building Materials in Historic Buildings by Applying Infrared Thermography

  • Carlos LermaEmail author
  • Ángeles Mas
  • Enrique Gil
  • Jose Vercher
  • M. E. Torner
Thermal Methods


Historic buildings have a great cultural and architectural value. It is necessary to analyze their state of conservation, but sometimes it is difficult to perform laboratory tests without damaging this heritage. In the field of architecture, infrared thermography is usually used to provide descriptive information about the surface temperature of building materials. This current research presents a methodology widely applicable to historic buildings. As an example of application, the study is focused in the Seminary-School of Corpus Christi of Valencia (Spain), a very outstanding building from the 16th Century. This research presents an analytical study to be able to differentiate the temperature distribution of all pixels of a thermographic image. Thermal images are a matrix of data and their study helps us in decision-making based on objective data.


Infrared thermography historic building heritage building material nondestructive test rammed earth wall stone brick 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Lerma
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ángeles Mas
    • 1
  • Enrique Gil
    • 2
  • Jose Vercher
    • 1
  • M. E. Torner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architectural ConstructionsUniversitat Politècnica de València, Camino de VeraValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Dept. of Continuous Medium Mechanics and Theory of StructuresUniversitat Politècnica de València, Camino de VeraValenciaSpain

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