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Join us each week where our engineering experts answer your questions about the world of grounding and earthing. E&S Grounding Solutions' mission is to ENGINEER, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER the world's leading technology professionals and companies to become safer, more successful, and more profitable every single day. For a video of this podcast, please visit our YouTube Channel at E&S Grounding Solutions. For more information or to sign up for some of our world-renowned educational classes, please visit our website at: www.ESgrounding.com

Ask the Grounding Experts E&S Grounding Solutions

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Join us each week where our engineering experts answer your questions about the world of grounding and earthing. E&S Grounding Solutions' mission is to ENGINEER, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER the world's leading technology professionals and companies to become safer, more successful, and more profitable every single day. For a video of this podcast, please visit our YouTube Channel at E&S Grounding Solutions. For more information or to sign up for some of our world-renowned educational classes, please visit our website at: www.ESgrounding.com

    What Happens When Lightning Strikes a Tower (Part 2)

    What Happens When Lightning Strikes a Tower (Part 2)

    In this episode, E&S Grounding Solutions President David Stockin continues looking at an example of lightning striking a large metal tower. The connection between electrodes and earth will determine the potential difference across the ground, so it is important to understand what causes the potential difference and why engineers should work to minimize that difference. The formation of electromagnetic fields and step and touch voltages are other factors to consider in the design and analysis of a grounding system. Mitigations are possible by adding copper wire, copper ground ring(s), and electrodes that are specially-designed to help dissipate leakage current. Many of the principles applying to a large metal tower could apply to other structures.

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    • 13 min
    What Happens When Lightning Strikes a Tower (Part 1)

    What Happens When Lightning Strikes a Tower (Part 1)

    There are a number of electrical phenomena that occur when lightning strikes an object.  In this episode, E&S Grounding Solutions President, David Stockin walks us through those and tells us what we can do about it.  For more info, please visit www.ESgrounding.com. 

    • 14 min
    What is the Curse of Resistance to Ground Specifications?

    What is the Curse of Resistance to Ground Specifications?

    In this episode, E&S Grounding Solutions President David Stockin explores the topic of resistance-to-ground specifications. It is important to consider the justification for specifying a particular value of resistance-to-ground. Can a very low value always be achieved? Does it matter? While some installations may have a valid need for a low resistance-to-ground, many times, it is not necessary.  Also, consider that it is not possible to simply buy materials that meet an arbitrary resistance-to-ground spec. Rather, engineers should evaluate if the grounding system has a good continuity and therefore low potential difference across the system to minimize hazards to equipment and personnel.
     For a video of this podcast, please visit our YouTube Channel at E&S Grounding Solutions. For more information or to sign up for some of our world-renowned educational classes, please visit our website at www.ESgrounding.com

    • 16 min
    What is Continuity Testing? (Part 2)

    What is Continuity Testing? (Part 2)

    In this episode, E&S Grounding Solutions President David Stockin builds upon the previous episode’s discussion on testing the continuity of a grounding system, this time focusing on the clamp-on method. In this method, the clamp-on meter will induce a current on the system in two directions. The clamp-on meter can then determine the resistance. Normally, a low resistance reading will indicate that there is a good continuous loop between the grounded object under test and the larger grounding system. However, in the case of isolated grounds, the desired resistance measurement on the clamp-on meter would be extremely high (open) to indicate that current only traveled successfully in one direction. Then, a two-point test can be used to validate that there is a continuous path for the isolated ground.  A clamp-on meter can provide key insights into possible issues such as leakage current and corrosion.
     For a video of this podcast, please visit our YouTube Channel at E&S Grounding Solutions. For more information or to sign up for some of our world-renowned educational classes, please visit our website at www.ESgrounding.com

    • 12 min
    What is Continuity Testing? (Part 1)

    What is Continuity Testing? (Part 1)

    In this episode, E&S Grounding Solutions President David Stockin begins a discussion on testing the continuity of a grounding system, focusing on the two-point method. In this method, resistance measurements are made at numerous points in the facility, taking each measurement with the same reference point. One measurement between two points does not offer much information about the complex network on conductors in the grounding system. Taking readings in multiple locations will hopefully present consistently low values of resistance that will indicate the connections in the network of ground conductors are in good condition. Higher values of resistance may be indicative of an issue in the ground system connections. Continuity testing is also very important to ensure bonding conductors will serve their purpose to protect humans from harmful touch voltages. For a video of this podcast, please visit our YouTube Channel at E&S Grounding Solutions. For more information or to sign up for some of our world-renowned educational classes, please visit our website at www.ESgrounding.com

    • 12 min
    What is Resistance to Ground Measurement? (Part 2)

    What is Resistance to Ground Measurement? (Part 2)

    In this episode, E&S Grounding Solutions President David Stockin concludes a two-part series on resistance to ground measurements by discussing the induced frequency test, often called the “Clamp-On Method."  In this method, a comparison is made between an induced current and a return current, while the test voltage is held constant. When the meter is clamped on to an electrode that is in series with a massive resistance loop with many parallel resistances, the meter can display a resistance that is approximately near the resistance to ground of the electrode under test. If electrodes of interest are accessible via test wells, the clamp-on method can be helpful for maintaining the grounding system by examining the change in resistance over an extended period of time, or by measuring the amount of current in the grounding system. For a video of this podcast, please visit our YouTube Channel at E&S Grounding Solutions. For more information or to sign up for some of our world-renowned educational classes, please visit our website at www.ESgrounding.com

    • 13 min

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Engineer503 ,

Great way to learn grounding!

It’s easy to listen to these short episodes in the car and learn something new!

Papajoep ,

Electrical Principles - Easily Understood!

Excellent explanation,easily understood, of semi-complex electrical grounding principles - very helpful. Great insights for all levels of need - from Do-It-Yourselfers, to Electricians, to Contractors, to Engineers... Crisp delivery but great clarity. Definitely subscription-worthy!

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Ask the Grounding Experts

Great podcast with helpful information on grounding and earthing. I learned a lot about lightning protection systems from the grounding solutions expert, David!

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