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The influence of lightning conductor radii on the attachment of lightning flashes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
2017 (English)In: Electric power systems research, ISSN 0378-7796, E-ISSN 1873-2046, Vol. 153, no SI, p. 138-143Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The influence of the tip radius of lightning conductors on their lightning attractive distance as predicted by the self-consistent leader inception and propagation model (SLIM) is presented. The results show that in the absence of any glow corona from the tip of the conductor a smaller tip radius gives rise to a larger attractive radius than a larger radius. It is suggested that the reason for the experimental observations which show that blunt conductors are more efficient lightning receptors than sharp ones is the presence of glow corona at the tip of the sharp ones during the time of lightning strikes. Moreover, in a given background electric field, the probability of the inception of glow corona at the conductor tip increases with increasing conductor height and decreasing conductor radius. Thus, in a given electric field, as the conductor height increases its radius has to be increased to avoid the inception of glow corona at the tip. For this reason, the conductor radius that performs best as a lightning interceptor depends on the height of the conductor and the best performance shift from smaller radii to larger ones with increasing height of the conductor.

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2017. Vol. 153, no SI, p. 138-143
Keywords [en]
Lightning conductors, Lightning attachment, Blunt and sharp conductors, Glow corona
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340680DOI: 10.1016/j.epsr.2017.01.002ISI: 000413380500018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-340680DiVA, id: diva2:1180135
Conference
13th International Symposium on Lightning Protection (SIPDA), SEP 28-OCT 02, 2015, Balneario Camboriu, BRAZIL
Available from: 2018-02-05 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2018-02-05Bibliographically approved

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