Lightning protection methods for wind turbine blades: an alternative approach

Mucsi, Viktor and Ayub, Ahmad Syahrir and Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus and Zulkipli, Muhammad and Muhtazaruddin, Mohd Nabil and Mohd Saudi, Ahmad Shakir and Ardila-Rey, Jorge Alfredo (2020) Lightning protection methods for wind turbine blades: an alternative approach. Applied Sciences, 10 (6). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2076-3417

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Lightning strikes happens in a fraction of time, where they can transfer huge amounts of charge and high currents in a single strike. The chances for a structure to be struck by lightning increases as the height increases; thus, tall structures are more prone to lightning. Despite the existing lightning protection systems available for wind turbine blades, there are still many cases reported due to the fact of damage caused by lightning strike. Owing to that, the present work introduces a new approach for a lightning protection system for wind turbine blades where preliminary investigations were done using Analysis Systems (ANSYS) Workbench. Two models were developed: one with a conventional type down conductor system and the other with a hybrid conductor system. The recorded findings have been compared and discussed, where it was found that the hybrid conductor system may provide alternative protection from lightning for wind turbine blades.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: lightning; lightning protection system; wind turbine blades; ANSYS workbench
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ266-267.5 Turbines. Turbomachines (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering Technology > Department of Mechnical Engineering Technology
Depositing User: Miss Afiqah Faiqah Mohd Hafiz
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2022 03:08
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2022 03:08

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