Modeling of the Lightning Performance of Air Distribution Cable

Michael A. Omidiora*, Matti Lehtonen, Petri Hyvonen

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This paper addresses the modeling of lightning performance of medium voltage air cable using Alternative Transient Program - Electromagnetic Transient Program (ATP-EMTP). By means of simulation using digital models and Transient Analysis Control System (TACS) features developed within the ATP-EMTP, the lightning overvoltage performance of air cable is analyzed. The analyses are made under the influence of direct stroke to wooden poles, to messenger wires and to nearby trees. The simulation includes models of air cable, messenger wire and distribution poles while considering other factors which are the frequency dependence of the cable parameters, models of wooden-porcelain insulation and shield wire. Adequate flashover model is useful for predicting the crest value of the overvoltages on the distribution line and also for assessing the accurate effect of providing different protection options for the air cables. Based on the simulation results, practical recommendations are proposed for improvement in the lightning performance of air distribution cables.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International scientific conference electric power engineering 2012, VOLS 1 AND 2
EditorsJ. Drapela, J. Machacek
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Scientific Conference Electric Power Engineering - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 23 May 201225 May 2012
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameInternational Scientific Conference on Electric Power Engineering


ConferenceInternational Scientific Conference Electric Power Engineering
Abbreviated titleEPE
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • Lightning stroke
  • Overvoltage
  • Flashovers
  • Medium voltage
  • air cable
  • Tree
  • TACS


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