# Lightning Protection and Grounding for a Tank Farm Located in Dikson

The ZANDZ Technical Centre has received a request to calculate lightning protection and grounding arrangement for the tank farm located in Dikson. Let's consider what solution was provided.

Calculation data:

• facility: tank farm located in Dikson;

• soil resistivity 1000 Ohm*m.

• To calculate the lightning protection system and a grounding arrangement.

Solution:

The activities have been performed according to:

- EIC, Rev. 7. Electrical Installations Code (hereinafter referred to as the EIC);

- SO 153-34.21.122-2003 Instructions for Mounting Lightning Protection for Buildings, Structures, and Industrial Utilities (hereinafter referred to as SO);

- RD 34.21.122-87 Instructions for Mounting Lightning Protection for Buildings and Structures (hereinafter referred to as RD).

The facility is classified as Category 2 according to RD.

A set of measures to meet the necessary requirements to the lightning protection system and grounding arrangement for the tank farm includes the following solutions:

1. 16 m standalone lightning rods are used as lightning arresters.

2. Reservoir bodies are connected to the grounding arrangement in at least 2 points.

3. Electrolytic grounding sets ZZ-100-102 are used as grounding arrangements, and the distance between electrodes and from the electrodes to the foundations/piles of the facility is at least 3 m.

4. A steel copper-plated bar with cross-section 30 x 4 mm is used as a horizontal grounding arrangement combining all electrodes. Bar deepening is 0.5 to 0.7 m.

5. The grounding arrangement is connected using clamps ZZ-005-064.

Ground terminal resistance calculation:

Resistance of the electrolytic grounding set ZZ-100-102 is:

Ом - Ohm

where   С is a dimensionless factor describing the electrolyte concentration in the surrounding soil, 0.125;

ρ – is soil equivalent resistivity, 1,000 Ohms m;

L is vertical electrode length, 2.4 m;

d is vertical electrode diameter, 0.065 m;

T deepening; is the distance from the ground surface to the ground electrode, 0.6 m;

Horizontal electrode resistance:

Гор - Hor
Ом - Ohm

where    ρ – is soil resistivity, 1,000 Ohm·m;

b - is horizontal electrode width, 0.03 m;

h - is horizontal electrode depth, 0.5 m;

Lhor is horizontal electrode length, 170 m.

Electrical impedance of the grounding arrangement:

ЗУ - GA
Ом - Ohm

where n – is a number of sets, vertical grounding arrangements - 4 pcs, horizontal grounding arrangement - 1 pc;

Kutil – is utilization ratio, sets ZZ-100-102 - 0.99; horizontal grounding arrangement - 0.7.

The calculated resistance of the grounding arrangement is 6,9 Ohm.

The layout of the equipment is shown in Figure 1.

Условные обозначения: - Legend:
- молниеприемник-мачта высотой 16 м - lightning rod 16 m high
- полоса стальная оцинкованная сечением 30х4 мм - steel zinc-plated bar, cross-section 30 x 4 mm
- зажим для подключения проводника - conductor connecting clamp
- комплект электролитического заземления zz-100-102 - zz-100-102 electrolytic grounding set
- зона R = 5 м, H = 2,5 м над дыхательными клапанами, подлежащая защите - protected zone R = 5 m, H = 2.5 m over breathing valves
- зона защиты на высоте 1 м для II категории - protection zone at the height 1 m for category II

Figure 1. Equipment layout.

The list of necessary materials is given in Table 1.

Table 1. List of needed materials.

 № Part number Name Quantity, pcs. Unit weight, kg Note 1. ZZ-201-016-В7-Сн7-С10 ZANDZ 16 m vertical lightning arrester (zinc-plated steel; with parts embedded under the foundation) 4 Ветровой р-н – 7; снеговой – 7; сейсмичность - 10 2. ZZ-100-102 ZANDZ Electrolytic Grounding Set (horizontal; 3 meters length) 4 95 3. ZZ-005-064 ZANDZ Conductor connection terminal (up to 40 mm) 31 0,312 4. ZZ-007-030 ZANDZ Waterproofing tape 6 0,40 5. GL-11075-50 GALMAR Copper-clad strip (30*4 mm / S 120 mm²; 50-meter strip bundle) 5 0,98 Вес 1 м

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