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Practice of Lightning Protection: Risk Assessment, External Protection, Internal Protection, Surge Protection, Air Termination, Down Conductor, Earthing, and Shielding

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In this chapter, we review the risk analysis that needs to be performed to determine the probability of lightning strike to any structure that is to be protected from lightning damage. Moreover, presented herein is how different aspects of the structure will change the lightning damage risk. Details of protection of electrical and electronic installations inside a structure are presented, including the choice and placement of surge protection devices to prevent lightning damage to internal electronic and electrical equipment and installations. The practice of zoning for the design of lightning protection is described. The chapter also reviews external protection, including an air-termination system, bonding, and down conductor to a suitable earthing termination system and the earthing system. The chapter closes with a discussion of shielding from lightning electromagnetic pulse (LEMP) radiation.

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Hoole, P.R., Hoole, R., Hoole, S.R.H. (2022). Practice of Lightning Protection: Risk Assessment, External Protection, Internal Protection, Surge Protection, Air Termination, Down Conductor, Earthing, and Shielding . In: Lightning Engineering: Physics, Computer-based Test-bed, Protection of Ground and Airborne Systems. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94728-6_4

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