Multiphysics Protects Wind Turbines when Lightning Strikes

Justin McKennon, NTS Pittsfield, USA

Lightning Technologies, an NTS company, is a world leader in the design and validation of sophisticated lightning protection systems. Engineers at NTS use simulation to design lightning protection systems for wind turbines, capturing the complexity of the relevant physics before construction. The simulation results allow for computation of the current and electric field throughout the design, providing insight into the electrodynamics of the entire structure, reducing project risk and total design time.

Simulation results showing the current density on a sample wind turbine blade made of several carbon stacks.