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Lightning caused injuries in humans
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Division for Electricity and Lightning Research. (Elektricitetslära)
Karolinska institutet.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Electrostatics, ISSN 0304-3886, E-ISSN 1873-5738, Vol. 65, no 5-6, 386-394 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A lightning flash may interact with humans in several ways. The possible pathways of interactions are direct strike, side flash, touch voltage, step voltage, subsequent stroke, connecting leaders and shock waves. The permanent or the temporary injuries that a victim suffers depend, among other parameters, on the type of interaction through which the body is exposed to a lightning strike and the path and the strength of the electric current passing through the body. In addition to the effects of electric current passing through the body, strong light and shock waves may also interact with the body in various ways. In this paper, the different types of injuries that may result from a lightning strike are documented and they are summarized, from engineering rather than a medical perspective

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2007. Vol. 65, no 5-6, 386-394 p.
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Lightning effects, Lightning injuries
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Natural Sciences Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-13961DOI: 10.1016/j.elstat.2006.09.016ISI: 000246039400016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-13961DiVA: diva2:41731
Available from: 2008-04-25 Created: 2008-04-25 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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