The lightning swept stroke along an aircraft in flight. Part II: numerical simulations of the complete process

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During a lightning strike to an aircraft in flight, the lightning channel gets deformed in the airflow and displaced along the aircraft, a so-called swept stroke . The deformation and the displacement are caused by the interaction between the aerodynamic flow and the plasma properties of the channel together with the properties of the surface. We give a theoretical analysis and a numerical modelling of the swept-stroke processes. Some numerical simulations of the swept stroke are presented and the results are compared with existing experimental data with satisfying agreement.


  • A Larsson
  • P Lalande
  • A Bondiou-Clergerie
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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1876-1883
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

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