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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; Saudi, Ahmad Shakir Mohd; Ardila-Rey, Jorge Alfredo


Viktor Mucsi

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

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 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.


MUCSI, V., AYUB, A.S., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., ZULKIPLI, M., MUHTAZARUDDIN, M.N., SAUDI, A.S.M. and ARDILA-REY, J.A. 2020. Lighting protection methods for wind turbine blades: an alternative approach. Applied sciences [online], 10(6), article ID 2130. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 10, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 20, 2020
Publication Date Mar 31, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 23, 2020
Journal Applied sciences
Electronic ISSN 2076-3417
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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