371.827 Lightning Protection and Lightning Physics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 1.5h, 2.25EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 2.25
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the various processes involved in a lightning strike and to assess the effects of the essential lightning parameters. Students are familiar with the basic principles of lightning location and the applications of lightning location data. The measures for external and internal lightning protection systems are understood and the students can assess the necessity for lightning protection at various technical facilities such as transmission line networks, aircrafts or renewable energy systems (wind power, photovoltaics).

Subject of course

Ligthning discharge, measurement techniques and instrumentation, ALDIS (Austrian Lightning and Information System), lightning parameters, lightning protection systems (LPS), Rolling sphere method, standards, practical problems

Teaching methods

The different types of flashes and the physical processes involved in a lightning strike are first explained and then demonstrated using videos of real lightning strikes taken with a high-speed camera.

In the case of lightning protection, the most relevant paragraphs from the  international lightning protection standard, e.g. (EN 62305), are explained and the practical implementation is shown by photos of real installations. Examples of lightning damage to buildings or technical equipment are shown in orfer to demonstrate the effects of missing lightning protection.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Tue09:00 - 13:0012.12.2023 - 16.01.2024Labor Übungsraum E370 VO Blitzschutz und Blitzphysik
Lightning Protection and Lightning Physics - Single appointments
Tue12.12.202309:00 - 13:00Labor Übungsraum E370 VO Blitzschutz und Blitzphysik
Tue19.12.202309:00 - 13:00Labor Übungsraum E370 VO Blitzschutz und Blitzphysik
Tue09.01.202409:00 - 13:00Labor Übungsraum E370 VO Blitzschutz und Blitzphysik
Tue16.01.202409:00 - 13:00Labor Übungsraum E370 VO Blitzschutz und Blitzphysik
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Active contribution in discussions during the lectures.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
12.09.2023 00:00 08.10.2023 23:59 08.10.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
710 FW Elective Courses - Electrical Engineering Elective


Lecture notes are available as PDF in the TISS system.

M.A.Uman: The Lightning Discharge

V.A. Rakow and M.A. Uman: Lightning (Physics and Effects), Cambridge University Press, 2003

Kern und Wettingfeld: Blitzschutzsysteme 1 (VDE Verlag, Band 44)

Cooray Vernon: An Introduction to Lightning, Springer 2015

V.A. Rakov: Fundamentals of Lightning, Cambridge University Press, 2016

Previous knowledge

Principles of electrical engineering