The control of the coating quality becomes more and more important. Infrared methods are well introduced in industry for several types of inspections. The lock-in thermography is based on modulated heat flux and is proved for composite materials and electronic components. In combination with an IR-camera seems to meet the requirements of a modem quality control system. The off-line measurement takes about 3 up to 5 minutes depending on the geometry of the surface. The paper gives an overview on the principle, the technical details of the measurement and the correlation of the detected signals and the coating properties will be discussed. The accuracy concerning the thickness is determined for different coatings (e.g. WC-Co).

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