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Lightning Protection Systems Suitable for Stables: A Case Study

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science (DiSAAT), University of Bari Aldo Moro, Via Amendola 165/A, 70126 Bari, Italy
Department of electric power supply and renewable energy, Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunication, 050013 Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Agriculture 2019, 9(4), 72;
Received: 19 March 2019 / Revised: 29 March 2019 / Accepted: 31 March 2019 / Published: 2 April 2019
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The evolution of climate and of electrical devices are raising users’ awareness about the protection of structures and plants against common overvoltage phenomena and those ones of atmospheric origin. Therefore, a continuous evolution of thunderstorm phenomena, increasingly concentrated and intense, is occurring. Conversely, electric devices are increasingly being equipped with electronics indispensable for their right functioning and are very sensitive to electromagnetic phenomena of an induced and conducted nature. In Italy, the law concerning work health and safety compels employers to assess the risk raised by lightning and to ensure that buildings, systems, structures, and equipment are protected from the effects of lightning in agreement with national and international technical standards. In the agricultural livestock sector, the new guidelines of agricultural policy in Italy requires farms to re-examine their structures, in particular the compatibility with animal protection requirements. In the event of a fault, the electric circuit must be interrupted in times not higher than expected and, in particular in the agricultural and zootechnical structures, it is necessary to maintain the contact voltages to negligible values by carrying out additional equipotential connections among the masses and with foreign masses that can be touched. Furthermore, particular attention is required in limiting the step voltage to which animals are particularly sensitive to, by connecting the electro-welded metal grids, which are commonly located under the concrete floor of animal shelters, to the earth collector. Taking in mind the aforesaid, the aim of this work was to analyze the technical standard concerning the protection from lightning with reference to the agricultural livestock sector and the study of the salient components to set up a suitable lightning protection system for a medium-sized stable. View Full-Text
Keywords: lightning protection systems; safety; agricultural-livestock sector lightning protection systems; safety; agricultural-livestock sector

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Santoro, F.; Anifantis, A.S.; Ruggiero, G.; Zavadskiy, V.; Pascuzzi, S. Lightning Protection Systems Suitable for Stables: A Case Study. Agriculture 2019, 9, 72.

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