The Traditional Lightning Rods

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The Traditional Lightning Rods

Posted on 15 March 2017 | 12:40 pm by

Lightning is a natural hazard that can cause devastating damage to structures, appliances, loss of product and major downtime for many corporations. Over the past year, lightning has caused damages worth up to 5 billion dollars in the US alone. But the good news is, Lightning is the only natural phenomenon that can be prevented. For protecting structures from lightning, lightning-rods were developed by Benjamin Franklin around 200 years ago. Since then scientist have been performing experiments and finding ways to prevent, redirect, store and dissipate lightning current.

What is a lightning rod?

A lightning rod is also known as air terminal is a simple metallic rod which is attached to the roof of the building. It might be an inch in diameter (around 2 centimeters). It is connected to a large piece of aluminium or copper wire called as the conductors. The conductors are connected to the network of grounding electrodes buried in the ground nearby. The main purpose of the lightning rod is to attract the enormous lightning current during a thunderstorm and provide a low resistance path to the ground.  The air terminal system is not suitable  in areas that are highly volatile or indispensable as it attracts lightning. This is an outdated lightning protection technology. Since, then a greal deal of advances have been made in the lightning protection technology.

 

Drawbacks of Using The Lightning Rod/Air Terminals

Lightning rods collects the strike, this invite potential primary damage, like an explosion or fire, it can and often will  impacts the life and usability of appliances and electronics which can cause huge losses to corporations and downtime.

Latest Advancement in Lightning protection

Traditional devices rely on current collection as the first and only line of defense. The expert team of Lightning Eliminators engineered and patented Charge Transfer System (CTS) to prevent lightning from striking inside of a protected area. Under the Charge transfer technology, the Lightning Eliminators has patented Dissipation Array System (DAS). The Dissipation Array System has a record of 99.87% effectiveness and eliminates the threat of lightning strike within a protected area by using charge transfer technology to maintain the electrical field below lightning potential. The DAS is customized and has protected over 3000 zones worldwide.

 

To achieve full lightning protection consult the expert and trained team of Lightning Eliminators now! They provide world-class full service to solve most complex challenges in lightning protection, grounding, and surge suppression in around 90 countries around the world.



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