Lightning, Electrostatic Discharge, and Buildings

  • Anil Ahuja


What causes lightning? Striking 100 times a second somewhere on the planet and packing temperatures up to 50,000 °F lightning is both a common and a fearsome occurrence. Atmospheric electrical discharges known as lightning or thunderbolts (from cloud to cloud or cloud to ground) have captured the imagination and fear of the human race since ancient times. The ancient Greeks believed that lightning was Zeus’ tool to punish human misbehavior or to demonstrate his anger.


Grounding System Direct Strike Distribution Line Lightning Strike Ball Lightning 


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anil Ahuja
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  1. 1.Building Systems, Mechanical and ElectricalThe Austin CompanyDes PlainsUSA

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