The implications of a total electrical system failure are far more severe than that of an ordinary mechanical failure. They have the potential to damage equipment, cut power flow and cause downtime for days, seriously injure or kill workers in the immediate vicinity and even impact the surrounding areas power grid. Fortunately, regular ultrasound inspections can help detect faults in electrical systems at their earliest stages and therefore prevent them far before anything catastrophic happens.
The NFPA states that arc flash is “a dangerous condition associated with the release of energy caused by an electric arc. They can cause a series of explosions generating between 5,000-35,000°F / 2,760-19,427 °C.” Subsequently, the power generated from these explosions are enough to seriously injure or kill anyone within the vicinity of the blast.
Detecting electrical faults with equipment, especially arc flash is best done combining both infrared and ultrasound technology. Indeed, both technologies have their strengths when it comes to fault detection, but ultrasound excels at detecting faults long before infrared would be able to.