Investigation and improvement of standard external lightning protection system: Industrial case study

I. Made Yulistya Negara*, Arief Budi Ksatria, Daniar Fahmi, Dimas Anton Asfani, I. G.N.Satriyadi Hernanda, Rendi Bagus Pratama

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In this study, the lightning protection system and grounding system of one plant of the petrochemical industry were investigated, evaluated, and improved. The methods used in this study were rolling sphere and angle protection methods. The grounding system of the building under study was modeled and simulated using ATP/EMTP (Alternative Transient Program/Electromagnetic Transient Program) software. The results show that the external lightning protection system of the prilling tower studied does not adhere to IEC 62305 and IEC 1024-1-1 standards. Moreover, the grounding configuration of the DCS building was not appropriate for protecting sensitive equipment inside. Lightning causes an enormous potential difference between lightning ground rods in the grounding system. Additionally, disabling the existing surge protective device (SPD) causes an increase in the magnitude of Ground Potential Rise at the DCS building. Improvement of the lightning protection system of the prilling tower and DCS building on Plant 1 of this petrochemical company as well as some other recommendations for improvements are proposed. This paper also shows evidence that external lightning protection, internal lightning protection, and the grounding system need to be connected to make an exemplary lightning protection system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4118
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2021


  • Grounding system
  • Lightning
  • Lightning protection system
  • Rolling sphere method
  • Surge protective device


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