Lightning protection in buildings is crucial to avoid personal, material and economic damage. An Early Streamer Emission air terminal is a high-tech device that responds to the approach of a lightning strike, anticipating its capture of other elements within its protection zone, in order to conduct the discharge current safely to the earthing. To fulfil their functions, they must be installed after calculating their protection radius in such a way as to protect the desired elements, an operation that can be carried out using two different methods but with identical results: those proposed by the UNE21186 standard and by the Technical Building Code (CTE). However, an erroneous interpretation of the latter can be dangerous.
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The largest Tibetan bridge in Europe, which is almost 600 meters long, will be put into operation this summer in La Vall del Riu, Andorra. Aplicaciones Tecnológicas will protect the bridge against lightning strikes with two DAT CONTROLER ® REMOTE Early Streamer Emission (ESE) air terminals to ensure the safety of both users and the structure against atmospheric discharges.
Verónica Palomar, deputy director of Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, has been appointed President of the CTN 207/SC 81 committee of the Spanish Association for Standardisation (UNE). This committee is responsible for drafting and monitoring lightning protection standards in Spain.