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Lightning Protection Methods for Wind Turbine Blades: An Alternative Approach

Mucsi, Viktor; Ayub, Ahmad Syahrir; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Zulkipli, Muhammad; Muhtazaruddin, Mohd Nabil; Mohd Saudi, Ahmad Shakir; Ardila-Rey, Jorge Alfredo


Viktor Mucsi

Ahmad Syahrir Ayub

Muhammad Zulkipli

Mohd Nabil Muhtazaruddin

Ahmad Shakir Mohd Saudi

Jorge Alfredo Ardila-Rey


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 10, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 20, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Nov 24, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 25, 2020
Journal Applied Sciences
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 6
Article Number 2130
Keywords lightning; lightning protection system; wind turbine blades; ANSYS workbench
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