EFFECTIVENESS OF WORLDWIDE EXISTING ESE LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEMS MANUFACTURED IN EUROPE
V.Pomar, S.Polo (Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, S.A.) S. Fauveaux (Indelec)
Scientific basis of any kind of external lightning protection system (protection against direct lightning strikes to buildings) is empirical. Statistics on existing external lightning protection installations are needed to perform effective empirical studies. For this reason it is unexpected the lack of statistical publications on existing lightning protection installations in relation to the number of installed systems, their location and effectiveness.
This has led the authors to make the present study where the empirical experience of ESE lightning protection systems is analyzed.
The aim of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of ESE lightning protection systems for buildings and open areas. This study analyzes the data of the ESE LPS manufactured in Europe and installed worldwide, and demonstrates that, according to the expected strike frequency, the external lightning protection using ESE air terminals has been effective.