Thermal Engineering

, Volume 64, Issue 13, pp 994–1006 | Cite as

Application of Artificial Thunderstorm Cells for the Investigation of Lightning Initiation Problems between a Thundercloud and the Ground

  • A. G. Temnikov
  • L. L. Chernensky
  • A. V. Orlov
  • N. Y. Lysov
  • D. S. Zhuravkova
  • O. S. Belova
  • T. K. Gerastenok


The results of the experimental application of artificial thunderstorm cells of negative and positive polarities for the investigation of the lightning initiation problems between the thundercloud and the ground using model hydrometeor arrays are presented. Possible options of the initiation and development of a discharge between the charged cloud and the ground in the presence of model hydrometeors are established. It is experimentally shown that groups of large hydrometeors of various shapes significantly increase the probability of channel discharge initiation between the artificial thunderstorm cell and the ground, especially in the case of positive polarity of the cloud. The authors assume that large hail arrays in the thundercloud can initiate the preliminary breakdown stage in the lower part of the thundercloud or initiate and stimulate the propagation of positive lightning from its upper part. A significant effect of the shape of model hydrometeors and the way they are grouped on the processes of initiation and stimulation of the channel discharge propagation in the artificial thunderstorm cell of negative or positive polarity–ground gap is experimentally established. It is found that, in the case of negative polarity of a charged cloud, the group of conductive cylindrical hydrometeors connected by a dielectric string more effectively initiates the channel discharge between the artificial thunderstorm cell and the ground. In the case of positive polarity of the artificial thunderstorm cell, the best effect of the channel discharge initiation is achieved for model hydrometeors grouped together by the dielectric tape. The obtained results can be used in the development of the method for the directed artificial lightning initiation between the thundercloud and the ground.


artificial thunderstorm positive and negative polarity cell thundercloud lightning initiation experimental study group of model hydrometeors cloud and channel discharges shape of hydrometeors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. G. Temnikov
    • 1
  • L. L. Chernensky
    • 1
  • A. V. Orlov
    • 1
  • N. Y. Lysov
    • 1
  • D. S. Zhuravkova
    • 1
  • O. S. Belova
    • 1
  • T. K. Gerastenok
    • 1
  1. 1.National Research University Moscow Power Engineering Institute (NIU MPEI)MoscowRussia

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