Donohoe, J. Patrick
Schulz, Noel N.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The protection zone of the Franklin Rod is widely used in practice due to its effectiveness and the wide usage. The theories are based on the mathematical approaches, regardless of physical inherence of lightning strokes. The study of this thesis is based on computer analysis of the field distribution in pre-breakdown stage, laboratory experiments of various test configurations and mathematical modeling. The impact of the Franklin Rod¡¯s height and the polarity of impulse are considered. New equations are developed to calculate the striking distance to Franklin Rod both under negative and positive polarity lightning strokes. The lightning protection zone of the Franklin Rod can be predicted by a proposed elliptical model. The experimental data coincides to the calculated protection zone by proposed equations. Finally, the dual-rod lightning protection system is studied. The protection zone of the dual-rod protection system can be evaluated by a combination of Rolling Sphere Circular Model and elliptical model.
Song, Yang, "Study of the Lightning Protection Zone of the Franklin Rod" (2004). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 4136.