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On the Influence of Neighboring Conducting Objects on the Induced Currents in Simple Down Conductors Due to Nearby Lightning Strike

Shivanand, Vinoda and Hegde, Vishwanath and Kumar, Udaya (2012) On the Influence of Neighboring Conducting Objects on the Induced Currents in Simple Down Conductors Due to Nearby Lightning Strike. In: ELECTRIC POWER COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS, 40 (14). pp. 1533-1543.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15325008.2012.707286


A lightning strike in the neighborhood can induce significant currents in tall down conductors. Though the magnitude of induced current in this case is much smaller than that encountered during a direct strike, the probability of occurrence and the frequency content is higher. In view of this, appropriate knowledge on the characteristics of such induced currents is relevant for the scrutiny of the recorded currents and in the evaluation of interference to the electrical and electronic system in the vicinity. Previously, a study was carried out on characteristics of induced currents assuming ideal conditions, that there were no influencing objects in the vicinity of the down conductor and channel. However, some influencing conducting bodies will always be present, such as trees, electricity and communication towers, buildings, and other elevated objects that can affect the induced currents in a down conductor. The present work is carried out to understand the influence of nearby conducting objects on the characteristics of induced currents due to a strike to ground in the vicinity of a tall down conductor. For the study, an electromagnetic model is employed to model the down conductor, channel, and neighboring conducting objects, and Numerical Electromagnetic Code-2 is used for numerical field computations. Neighboring objects of different heights, of different shapes, and at different locations are considered. It is found that the neighboring objects have significant influence on the magnitude and nature of induced currents in a down conductor when the height of the nearby conducting object is comparable to that of the down conductor.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis,
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Taylor & Francis, USA
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 06:09
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2012 06:09
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45510

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