Effect of lightning protection devices for distribution lines based on a field research

Teru Miyazaki*, Yoshiki Sakamoto, Shigemitsu Okabe, Kenjirou Mori, Jun Yoshinaga, Jun Motohashi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Field study of lightning stroke effects, particularly the mechanisms underlying the production of line faults, is essential for designing rational lightning protection for distribution lines. The Tokyo Electric Power Company has conducted photographic research and observed voltage and current waveforms due to lightning strokes in actual distribution lines since 1996, obtaining 284 datasets, including 62 for direct hits to the lines. Combining lightning surge waveforms with photographs provides a comprehensive observation of each lightning flash and its effects. This paper experimentally evaluates observed datasets due to lightning flashes, and estimates the effect of lightning protection devices such as ground wires. These results can serve as a valuable resource to clarify lightning effects in distribution lines, and can lead to effective lightning protection practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10+815-822
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Power and Energy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Direct lightning strokes
  • Distribution line
  • Fault
  • Ground wire
  • Indirect lightning strokes
  • Lightning
  • Lightning protection device
  • Surge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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