Conventional Lightning Protection Systems
The nVent ERICO System 2000 is an engineered series of air terminals, down conductors, fittings and grounding systems in accordance with European IEC 62305 and USA UL 96, NFPA 780 Standards and many other global standards. Third-party inspections and certifications are available for these types of lightning protection systems.
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nVent ERICO System 2000 Components
1) Air Terminals, Bases and Adapters
Air terminals, also known as strike termination devices, are offered in a range of base materials and surface plating. A full range of code compliant terminals, bases and adapters are offered as well as copper-bonded steel components for special applications. Specialty components are available for heavy duty stack applications.
Lightning protection conductors are designed to handle the high current, short duration electrical current flows of a lightning strike. nVent ERICO conductors are offered with aluminum, copper and tinned copper stranding in concentric, ropelay and smooth weave. They are designed based on material composition and dimensional requirements defined in global standards. Insulated conductors for isolated lightning protection systems are also available.
3) Connectors and Accessories
Stamped, cast and machined connectors accessories are available in a variety of materials, bimetallic and surface finish options. Mount, route, connect, brace and bond any lightning protection system as required by global standards.
4) Grounding System
nVent is a worldwide leader providing grounding accessories that help ensure the dissipation of energy. The nVent ERICO brand of grounding accessories are made from high-quality materials that offer superior corrosion resistance and long-lasting performance. They are easy to install with innovative and time-saving features to accommodate a variety of customer needs
The Rolling Sphere Method for Air Terminal Placement
The placement of air terminals is a critical part of the lightning protection design process. Since the 1750s the most popular methods of lightning protection have involved sharp vertical rods (Franklin), horizontal and vertical conductors (Faraday Cage or Mesh) or a combination of both. Only if air terminals are placed in the optimum location on the structure is it possible to achieve an efficient and reliable lightning protection system. Historically, a number of methods have been employed, some of which are still in common use, such as the Cone of Protection (Protective Angle), Mesh and the RSM.
- Designing for simple architecture
- Compliance to global standards utilizing the RSM
- Third-party inspection