Designing A State-of-the-Art Lightning Protection System

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Designing A State-of-the-Art Lightning Protection System

Posted on 15 March 2017 | 12:36 pm by

Lightning is a dangerous natural phenomenon. There are about 5,000 thunderstorms caused by lightning at any one time around the world. Lightning poses a hazardous threat to people, property, structures and equipment. Researchers suggest in the U.S. alone the damages due to lightning are worth close to 5 billion dollars in a year. The devastating effects of lightning make it necessary to assess the need for protection, and possibly to install an effective lightning protection system.

In a traditional lightning protection system, electrical current is stored through electrical rods. This outdated method can still cause harm to electrical appliance, major downtime and loss of merchandise to companies. The renowned team of Lightning Eliminators came up with the state-of-the-art technology of Charge Transfer System (CTS). This system eliminates the lightning strike from stirring inside the protected zone or area. 

How to design a modern Lightning Protection System?

Before installing a lightning protection system, it is necessary to evaluate the degree of safety required and associated risk factors for your structures. This can be easily achieved by consulting the expert team/engineers of Lightning Eliminators. The layout of a modern lightning protection based on Charge Transfer technology consists of:

  1. Ionizers: The CTS accumulate the  current developed by thunderstorm clouds from a protected zone, then transfers this charge through the ionizer into the nearby air. The ionizers offer a medium for point discharge to occur.
  1. Down Conductors: Two or more down conductors are placed in the protected area. The down conductors provides the electrical connection between the charge collector and the ionizers.
  2. Charge Collectors: The charge collector is a connected framework of grounding electrodes and conductor designed to accumulate and transfer an electrical charge to the ionizers. 

Lightning Protection Design is significant in ascertaining the most suitable lightning protection system is installed to provide complete lightning protection. The lightning protection systems should be designed to comply with current standards. Many insurance companies offer a discount on insurance premiums, if an effective lightning protection system is installed for in the building. 

If you are looking for a specific type of lightning protection design, contact the trained team of Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. (LEC). They are the pioneers in providing comprehensive and integrated lightning protection solutions and services worldwide.



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