Advisor

Grzybowski, Stanislaw

Committee Member

Ginn, L. Herbert

Committee Member

Younan, H. Nicholas

Date of Degree

8-1-2009

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Engineering

Department

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Abstract

The proponents of non-conventional lightning protection devices claim that these devices are superior to the conventional Franklin Rod. Lack of systematic study and insufficient field data make it difficult to compare the non-conventional lightning protection devices with the conventional ones. Previously, the performance of various air terminals was studied by comparing the emission current through various dissipation devices in the MSU High Voltage Laboratory. The study of emission current from the air terminals gives an idea about the space charge developing over them. However, it does not show the behavior of air terminals to attract or repel lightning strikes. The present study presents the measurements of critical flashover (CFO) voltage of the air terminals. The CFO voltage shows the ability of an air terminal to attract or reduce the chance of lightning strike to the protected object.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/15466

Comments

air terminal||charge transfer system||dissipator||Franklin Rod||ionizer||lightning||lightning protection

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