Atmospheric electricity presents a hazard to shipping and there have been several serious fires caused by lightning strikes on tankers. There have also been a number of explosions during tanker cleaning. It has been suggested that there are some similarities between electrical conditions in a thundercloud and themists in tankers. This article attempts to clarify the situation by describing the electrical fields in fine weather and in thunderclouds, and it also discusses electrical charge generation and lightning discharge and damage. Results of testing with man-made thunderstorms are described, and conclusions which the author feels would make tanker operations safer are also discussed.

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    Fuel and Metallurgical Journals Limited

    John Adam House, John Adam Street
    London WC2N 6JH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Millward, G E
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 7 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00095161
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 1975 12:00AM