An example of a relatively recent innovation in protection concept introduced to the IEC standard IEC 62305. Is the Isolated LPS (Lightning Protection System). The Isolated LPS can be described as protection measures (e.g. lightning conductors) that achieve sufficient 'separation' distance, electrically and/or physically, between that which is conducting the Lightning Current; and that which is to be protected from the effects of the lightning current. This separation distance is what gives this methodology its label i.e. 'Isolated' design. It does NOT mean the system is electrically isolated from earth (a common misconception). It just refers to the physical distance achieved between the lightning current and the item being protected. Read More
Lightning Risk. In a world increasingly driven by quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) techniques it's important to understand what the predicted impacts are as a result of our current trajectory (as humans), i.e. the direction of travel that the population of planet earth seems to be following - in terms of climate change:
Increasing Lightning Risk trend
From recent research. Some in the Lightning community are predicting strike frequency increasing by +12% to +24% : the phenomenon appears to be worsening with climate change (2016). Read More
Computer modelling for safe electrical earthing systems for Fault, EMI or Lightning Attachments
The use of computing power to check, evaluate or inspect concepts in all walks of life and business, is increasingly common.Whether you forecast the performance of stock and shares or building an Electrical Generation Plant.
For safe electrical earthing systems using engineering computer software such as CDEGS allows us to stress-test designs and systems to evaluate their performance under given conditions. Read More
If 1-ohm is still in circulation on your documentation then this section applies to you.
Even though the Safety Calculations for determining a System Earth (Ground) has shifted away from an arbitrary Resistance figure, usually <1 ohm. It's still all too common to see this outdated measure of installed success appear on client / employer requirement specifications(ER's) as part of the Earthing Design Safety Calculations. Read More
At GreyMatters, we’re often asked, “Why You, an Independent Consultant? Why not someone else who is cheaper?”
We’ve said a lot in the past about our technical capabilities, regarding using top 1% software, top 1% test equipment, and investing in best of breed top 1% training to provide you’ve guessed it a packed of top 1% Earthing Design services. Read More
Well, 2016 was an exciting year for the team at GreyMatters. So, at the end of 2015, we set goals on what we wanted to achieve in 2016. Part of the plan was to focus on establishing this blog channel as an authority on Electrical Earthing Design and Lightning Protection. Something that can be referred to and although some of the concepts are considered complex, the style of writing is hopefully easy to read and informative.
This post is a round-up of the ten most read posts of 2016, and interestingly not all of the most read posts are initially published in 2016 (you may have missed it). Read More
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