Ingeniería e Investigación
Print version ISSN 0120-5609
MONTANA, Johny. Recommendations for grounding systems in lightning protection systems. Ing. Investig. [online]. 2011, vol.31, suppl.2, pp. 05-10. ISSN 0120-5609.
This paper presents some practical recommendations for designing grounding systems as part of an integral protection system against lightning strikes. These recommendations are made taking into account the results of academic software whose development was based on hybrid electromagnetic method and the method of moments. This paper presents the results of impedance and transient voltage for triangle, wye, counterpoises and mesh configurations. Some recommendation are made concerning the use and characteristics of earth electrodes, for example effective counterpoise length, where to locate grounding rods, where to connect down conductors in a mesh and the potential difference between points on the same grounding electrodes. These recommendations guide a systems' designer to ensure greater benefit from grounding setups without wasting money.
Keywords : method of moments; hybrid electromagnetic method; grounding configuration; grounding impedance; transient voltage.