Troubleshooting with the Acoustic Camera

Acoustic measurements are ideal for troubleshooting applications. With the help of sound localization leakages can be found.

Measurement Example

In this example we have punctured a standard black compressed air tube at 2 previously marked points. There was an air pressure of approx. 8 bar on the tube. The measurement was conducted with our microphone array Ring32 AC Pro, which uses analog measuring microphones with a sampling rate of 192 kHz at 24 bits.

Measurements were taken in our factory hall, which is not acoustically treated, i.e. it is rather soundproof. There were no ambient noises.

Result

The coloured areas (picture 1 and 2) show the loudest sound sources. Further parameters can be seen in the lower part of the window. There you can see that we have analyzed about 0.2 s of the signal and visualized it with frequency domain beamforming to the loudest sources between about 47.7 kHz - 50 kHz. Although our system was mainly designed for the human auditory range, we can also locate emissions in the ultrasonic range. Since the spatial resolution of the system also depends on the frequency to be located and its wavelength, we decided on this rather high range.

The focus (i.e. measuring distance) is 0.42 m. In the first measurement (1), the upper puncture hole was found, but the second one below was covered by it, because it was quieter. A simple localization of leaks is therefore possible with our systems without any problems and great effort. However, if we want to find both leaks, we have to analyze them a bit more elaborately. That's why we use our Advanced Algorithms in NoiseImage for exactly the same measurement. By using the CLEAN-SC algorithm, we were able to localize the two puncture holes (2) simultaneously.