Lightning current and electromagnetic field modeling


Lightning can produce dangerous effects on power transmission lines. Therefore, reliable models to be inserted into power systems and circuital simulators are of great importance when designing/assessing a transmission or distribution network lightning protection system.

The lecture starts with a brief description of the lightning phenomenon from a physical point of view. Then a detailed analysis of the models available in literature to represent the lightning channel current and the resulting electromagnetic fields is presented. Particular attention is devoted to possible strategies, derived from the solution of inverse problems, for the reconstruction of the lightning channel current starting from electromagnetic fields measurement. Finally, the use of such current and field models as inputs for power system overvoltage analysis is accounted.

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  • Co-sponsored by EMC Laboratory - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - EPFL


Renato Propcopio
Renato Propcopio of University of Genoa


Prof. Renato Procopio was born in Savona in 1974. He graduated cum laude and got his PhD in electrical engineering in 1999 and in 2004 at the University of Genoa where he is currently associate professor. His research interests include lightning modeling and its effects on the electric infrastructures as well as Renewable Energy Sources integration into the transmission and distribution electric grid and microgrids. Het is author or co-author of more than 100 papers published in international journals or presented at international conferences. He is senior member of IEEE and member of the IEEE Technical Committee 5 - High Power Electromagnetics and of the editorial board of the Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (power system division). Advisor of three PhD students in Power Systems and Electromagnetic Compatibility and of more than 60 Master and Bachelor final projects, he is member of the PhD board of SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE PER L'INGEGNERIA ELETTRICA, L'INGEGNERIA NAVALE E I SISTEMI COMPLESSI PER LA MOBILITA'. He is recipient of the Emerald Literati Awards' Outstanding Paper accolade for the best paper published in the Electrical engineering journal COMPEL (2003) for the paper “A full-Maxwell algorithm for the field-to-multiconductor line-coupling problem”. He is Main professor in three Bachelor and Master University of Genoa courses and. Responsible of the connection between the Savona Campus (1700 students) and the secondary school institutions of Liguria region and of the counseling service for students at the Savona Campus.


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Renato Propcopio of University of Genoa



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