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Abstract: Easy, non-invasive, and cost-effective methods to detect damage in horse hooves have yet to be produced. MRI- or CT-scans are typically used if injury is presumed, however they are expensive and impractical when examining the hoof of a live horse. This study tested if the Hot Disk Transient Plane Source (TPS) method can detect inconsistencies in hooves by measuring thermal conductivity. Results showed that the thermal conductivity measurements are reproducible, and inconsistencies are mainly due to design flaws and horse activity. If the hot disk sensor can be designed to remain immobile as the horse moves, the TPS method seems like a promising method for damage detection in the future.

Reference: Master’s Thesis, Chalmers University of Technology (2017)