Pre-Lightning Strikes and Aircraft Electrostatics

Fisher, J. and Hoole, Paul R. and Pirapaharan, K. and Hoole, Samuel H. (2017) Pre-Lightning Strikes and Aircraft Electrostatics. MATEC Web of Conferences, 87. ISSN 2261236X

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Abstract

An electric storm is a source of electrostatic charge that can induce high current and electric potential on a surface of an aircraft through direct effects. It can also be a source of radiated electromagnetic pulses on an aircraft in flight through indirect effects. Both direct and indirect effects can have adverse effects on flight safety. Thus, it is vital to gain good understanding of the pre-lightning strike and the electrical characteristics of a thunderstorm in order to quantify lightning threats to aircraft. Since lightning parameters are not easily measurable, predictive modeling can be applied to model the pre-lightning strike and aircraft electrostatics. In this paper, we applied the 3D dipole model in predicting the electrostatics build up along an aircraft extremities as it approaches an ambient electric field of a charged cloud. The results give a quantitative evaluation of the threats during pre-lightning strikes and electrostatics buildup on the aircraft. This is vital in designing and coordinating shielding measures to mitigate the threats and to harden the protection systems for aircraft.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aircraft Electrostatics, Aircraft Electrostatics, aircraft, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 03:09
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 03:09
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/17204

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