'The mesh method' in lightning protection standards - Revisited
2010 (English)In: Journal of Electrostatics, ISSN 0304-3886, E-ISSN 1873-5738, Vol. 68, no 4, 311-314 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
At present the design of the Lightning protection systems (LPS) for structures as stipulated in standards is based on the electro - geometrical method, which was initially used to protect power lines from lightning. A derivative of the electro-geometrical method is the rolling sphere method. This method together, with the protection angle method and mesh method are used almost in all lightning standards as the measure in installing the lightning protection systems of grounded structures. In the mesh method, the dimension of the cell size in different levels of protection is determined using the rolling sphere method. Since the rolling sphere method does not take into account the physics of the lightning attachment process there is a need to evaluate the validity of the stipulated value in standards of the minimum lightning current that can penetrate through the mesh in different levels of protection. In this paper, meshes of different sizes as stipulated in the lightning protection standards were tested for their ability to intercept lightning flashes using a lightning attachment model that takes into account the physics of connecting leaders on. The results are in reasonable agreement with the specifications given in the lightning protection standards.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 68, no 4, 311-314 p.
Dynamic leader, Electro-geometrical method, Lightning inception, Mesh method, Upward leader, Standards
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-135183DOI: 10.1016/j.elstat.2010.03.003ISI: 000281211700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-135183DiVA: diva2:374633