Lightning Protection Structure Design

Sophisticated Lightning Protection Design for Your Complex Structures

Existing national standards (NFPA 780, UL96A, IEC 62305) for the design of lightning protection systems primarily address traditional structure geometries. For many of today’s complex structures and installations, more advanced techniques are required to design and test fool-proof lightning protection systems. SLS offers our customers the Standards+ Smart Lightning Protection System Design capability to address these specialized challenges. SLS addresses these specialized challenges by utilizing proprietary 3D simulation tools to target specific lightning-vulnerabilities of complex structures. Our Standards+ tool suite is applicable to the design of lightning protection for new construction and to the modification of lightning protection on existing structures.

How Does Standards+ Work for Your Structure Design?

  • Utilizes a 3D rolling sphere simulation tool to illustrate lightning-vulnerable regions on a high-resolution 3D model of your unique structure
  • Adds 3D models of the lightning protection system to your structure model, and iteratively repeats the lightning vulnerability tests until the required level of protection is achieved
  • Uses Monte Carlo technique to calculate the probability of direct lightning attachment to a detailed 3D model of your structure and lightning protection system
  • Calculates the polarity and peak current distributions of lightning events attaching to your structure

SLS uses the Standards+ tool suite to design and validate complex lightning protection systems for various large-scale utilities, chemical storage facilities, and also advanced catenary wire systems for space launch complexes operated by NASA and commercial space flight providers including SpaceX and Blue Origin. These mission-proven, innovative tools will work for you too.

Contact us today to discuss how the specialized capabilities of the Standards+ lightning protection design tool suite can be applied to ensure that your structure is lightning protected.

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The SLS Team has many decades of lightning monitoring, lightning protection, and lightning testing experience. We apply state-of-the-art lightning research to engineering solutions.

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