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Art and Science of Lightning Protection

ISBN-10: 052187811X

ISBN-13: 9780521878111

Edition: 2007

Authors: Uman

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A lightning strike to an unprotected object or system can be disastrous - in the United States lightning is responsible for over 30% of all electric power failures, causes billions of dollars worth of property damage, and an average of 85 fatalities a year. This accessible text describes all aspects of lightning protection and includes many illustrative drawings and photographs. The author examines the physical behavior of lightning, various types of lightning damage, the role of lightning detection and warning in effective protection, as well as options for deflecting or eliminating lightning. U.S. and international lightning protection standards are discussed. This book will be essential reading for everyone involved in the business of lightning protection, including meteorologists, atmospheric scientists, architects, engineers, and fire-safety experts. Insurance practitioners and physicians will find this reference of significant value.
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Book details

List price: $134.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/24/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.55" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Preface
What is lightning?
Types of lightning
Statistics on lightning occurrence
Cloud-to-ground lightning
General principles of protection
Estimation of strike probability for small structures
When is lightning protection needed and/or desirable?
References
Lightning damage
Overview: the cost of various types of lightning damage
Conductors and insulators
Lightning characteristics pertinent to damage
References
General methods for lightning protection: Faraday cages, topological shields; and more practical approaches: cone of protection and rolling sphere methods
Is there perfect protection?
Practical protection: types of protection
The striking distance
Cone of protection and rolling sphere methods
References
Structure protection: air terminals and down conductors
Overview
Air terminals
Early streamer emission rods
Down conductors
Very long down conductors
References
Structure protection: grounding
Overview
Soil properties
Resistance of various grounding electrodes
Non-resistive and non-linear grounding electrodes
References
Surge protection for electronics in low-voltage electrical systems
Overview
Amplitudes and waveshapes of lightning transients
Crowbar devices
Voltage clamping devices
Filters and isolation devices
Hybrid circuits: multiple-stage protection
References
Humans and animals
Personal safety
Statistics
Medical issues
Electrical effects
References
Lightning warning
Overview
RF location techniques
Detection from satellites
References
Airships, airplanes, and launch vehicles
Overview
Statistics
Accidents
Lightning test standards
References
Ships and boats
History
Protective techniques
Statistics
References
Trees
General
Protective techniques
Types of damage
The value of lightning to trees
References
Overhead and underground power and communication lines
Overview
Overhead power lines
Underground cables
Communication lines
References
Lightning elimination
Modifying the cloud electrification process
Artificial initiation of lightning
Can thunderstorms be steadily discharged?
Can lightning be inhibited?
References
So, what do we know and what don't we know about lightning protection?
Does it work?
How well does it work?
References
Index