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.Read more
- Written by one of the world's leading authorities on lightning
- Easy to read
- Includes many illustrative drawings and photographs
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Review of the hardback: 'The greatest strength of this text is that it is written by the most authoritative lightning scientist/engineer in the world who brings over 40 years of research and teaching in the field, with over 200 reviewed papers and several previous books on lightning … There is no one in the world more qualified to write this book. … There are no other books, in my opinion, that compete with this publication. Uman is the most competent individual to write this book, which fills a gap between the advanced text that he coauthored with Rakov and his introductory popular book, All About Lightning, published by Dover Publications in 1986. I recommend this book without any hesitation.' Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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- Date Published: January 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511353123
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Table of Contents
1. What is lightning?
2. Lightning damage
3. General methods for lightning protection: Faraday cages, topological shields
and more practical approaches: cone of protection and rolling sphere methods
4. Structure protection: air terminals and down conductors
5. Structure protection: grounding
6. Surge protection for electronics in low-voltage electrical systems
7. Humans and animals
8. Lightning warning
9. Airships, airplanes, and launch vehicles
10. Ships and boats
12. Overhead and underground power and communication lines
13. Lightning elimination
14. So, what do we know and what don't we know about lightning protection?
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