Finite difference time domain simulation of earth electrodes soil ionization under lightning surge condition

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

47 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The non linear effects of soil ionisation on the behaviour of earth electrodes are investigated by a finite difference time domain numerical scheme. A time variable soil resistivity is used in order to simulate the soil breakdown; step by step the resistivity value is controlled by the local instantaneous value of the electric field compared with the electrical strength, fixed for the soil. No a priori hypothesis about thegeometrical shape of the ionised zone around the electrodes has to be enforced. Simulation results related to complex earth electrodes of limited extension are reported. The model has been validated by comparing the computed results with data available in technical literature. A discussion about dangerous earth voltagesis reported, by underlining the role of soil ionisation. Electrodes of larger extension can be straightforwardly simulated by means of larger computational resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-145
Number of pages12
JournalIET SCIENCE, MEASUREMENT & TECHNOLOGY
Volumevol. 2, issue 3, May 2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Finite difference time domain simulation of earth electrodes soil ionization under lightning surge condition'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this