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The Similarity of the Action of Franklin and ESE Lightning Rods under Natural Conditions

Version 1 : Received: 29 May 2018 / Approved: 29 May 2018 / Online: 29 May 2018 (17:00:53 CEST)

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Cooray, V. The Similarity of the Action of Franklin and ESE Lightning Rods under Natural Conditions . Atmosphere 2018, 9, 225. Cooray, V. The Similarity of the Action of Franklin and ESE Lightning Rods under Natural Conditions †. Atmosphere 2018, 9, 225.

Journal reference: Atmosphere 2018, 9, 225
DOI: 10.3390/atmos9060225

Abstract

In the lightning rods categorized as ESE an intermittent voltage impulse is applied to the lightning rod to modulate the electric field at its tip in an attempt to speed up the initiation of a connecting leader from the lightning rod when it is under the influence of a down coming stepped leader. In this paper it is shown that due to the stepping nature of the down coming stepped leader, there is a natural modulation of the electric field at the tip of any lightning rod exposed to the lightning stepped leaders and this modulation is much more intense than any artificial modulation that is possible under practical conditions. Based on the results it is claimed that artificial modulation of the electric field at the tip of lightning rods by applying voltage pulses to it is an unnecessary endeavor because the nature itself has endowed the tip of the lightning rod with a modulating electric field. Thus, as far as the effectiveness of artificial modulation of the tip electric field is concerned, there could be no difference in the lightning attachment efficiency between ESE and Franklin lightning rods.

Subject Areas

Franklin lightning rod, ESE lightning rod, Lightning attachment

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