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Influence of the return stroke current waveform on the lightning performance of distribution lines

TitleInfluence of the return stroke current waveform on the lightning performance of distribution lines
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBorghetti, A., F. Napolitano, C. A. Nucci, and F. Tossani
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Volume32
Pagination1800-1808
Date PublishedAug
ISSN0885-8977
Abstract

An accurate evaluation of the lightning performance of overhead power distribution lines, i.e., the evaluation of the expected number of annual flashovers, can be obtained by the application of the Monte Carlo method. In order to reduce the computational effort, a simplified waveform of the channel base current is generally assumed, e.g., a linearly rising current with flat top. This paper proposes a Monte Carlo approach able to take into account the typical functions adopted to represent the waveform of the lightning current at the channel base (i.e., the Heidler function and the Cigré function). Moreover the paper analyzes the effects of different current waveforms on the lightning performance of distribution lines for both direct and indirect strokes.

DOI10.1109/TPWRD.2016.2550662