Field analysis of the occurrence of distribution-line faults caused by lightning effects

Teru Miyazaki*, Shigemitsu Okabe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Electric supply reliability is an issue of wide importance to both an information-oriented society and electric power companies. This paper focuses on lightning effects on distribution lines. Field research is now underway in the northern part of the Kanto Plain in Japan, and voltage and current waveforms in distribution lines due to lightning hits have been observed since 1996. There are now 284 datasets; these include data on 62 direct flashes to lines. This research reveals that a distribution line can be protected from direct lightning strokes. In some cases, no power follow current was confirmed after a multiple phase flashover, and a statistical analysis was conducted to investigate factors affecting the generation of power follow current. These results can serve as a valuable resource to help clarify the mechanisms underlying the production of distribution-line faults caused by lightning effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5661824
Pages (from-to)114-121
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Direct lightning stroke
  • distribution line
  • flashover
  • indirect lightning stroke
  • lightning protection
  • power follow current

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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