Technical Publications

PhysElec staff are constantly engaged in ongoing professional development activities. Aside from the delivery of professional engineering seminars, PhysElec staff have written and presented many technical papers in national and international conferences, and published peer-reviewed papers in international journals. A sample list of papers is given below. For copies of any papers, please contact us.


  • D'Alessandro, F. & Berger, G., 1999, “Laboratory studies of corona emissions from air terminals”, J.Phys.D.:Appl. Phys., 32, 2785-2790.
  • D’Alessandro, F. & Gumley, J.R., 2000, “A modern perspective on direct strike lightning protection”, Proc. 25th ICLP, Rhodes, Greece, pp. 362-368.
  • Petrov, N.I. & D’Alessandro, F., 2001, “Determination of the dependency of average ground flash density and its scatter upon keraunic level from observational data”, Proc. of Sixth International Symposium on Lightning Protection (VI SIPDA), Santos, Brazil, pp. 69-74.
  • Nguyen, D.T., Deegan, G. & D'Alessandro, F., 2001, “Fractal nature of probabilistic model of lightning discharge”, Proc. IEEE Region 10 Int. Conf. Electric. Electron. Techn., TENCON 2001 Proc. IEEE Region 10 Int. Conf. Electr. & Electron. Techn., Singapore, pp. 814-818 (Vol. 2).
  • Petrov, N.I. & D’Alessandro, F., 2002, “Theoretical analysis of the processes involved in lightning attachment to earthed structures”, J.Phys.D.:Appl. Phys., 35, 1788-1795.
  • Petrov, N.I. & D’Alessandro, F., 2002, “Verification of lightning strike incidence as a Poisson process”, J. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 64, 1645-1650.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2002, “Sensitivity analysis of factors affecting the striking distance of practical lightning rod installations”, Proc. 26th ICLP, Krakow, Poland, pp. 247-253.
  • D’Alessandro, F., Kossmann, C.J., Gaivoronsky, A.S. & Ovsyannikov, A.G., 2002, “Investigations of upward leader initiation in the high voltage laboratory”, Proc. 26th ICLP, Krakow, Poland, pp. 259-264.
  • Berger, G. & D'Alessandro, F., 2002, “Corona discharge on lightning rod terminals and applications to lightning protection”, Proc. Int. Conf. Grounding and Earthing & 3rd Brazilian Workshop on Atmosph. Electric., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, pp. 145-150.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2003, “The use of ‘field intensification factors’ in calculations for lightning protection of structures”, J. Electrostat., 58, 17-43.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2003, “Striking distance factors and practical lightning rod installations: a quantitative study”, J. Electrostat., 59, 25-41.
  • Petrov, N.I., Petrova, G.N. & D’Alessandro, F., 2003, “Quantification of the probability of lightning strikes to structures using a fractal approach”, IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insulat., 10, 641-654.
  • Lowke, J.J. & D’Alessandro, F., 2003, “Onset corona fields and electrical breakdown criteria”, J.Phys.D.:Appl. Phys., 36, 1788-1795.
  • D’Alessandro, F., Kossmann, C.J., Gaivoronsky, A.S. & Ovsyannikov, A.G., 2004, “Experimental study of lightning rods using long sparks in air”, IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insulat., 11, 638-649.
  • Lowke, J.J. & D’Alessandro, F., 2004, “Prediction of corona onset fields for points and wires – the ‘Q’ dilemma”, Proc. 6th International Workshop on the Physics of Lightning, Paper 4.1.
  • Lowke, J.J. & D’Alessandro, F., 2004, “The breakdown of electrical breakdown criteria to explain corona onset”, Proc. XVth Internat. Conf. Gas Discharges and their Applic. (GD2004), Toulouse, France, Paper C15.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2004, “Guidelines for the placement of air terminations near vulnerable points on structures”, Proc. 27th ICLP, Avignon, France, pp. 363-368.
  • D’Alessandro, F. & Petrov, N.I., 2004, “Comparison of partially- and fully-probabilistic models of lightning attachment and a proposed laboratory test”, Proc. 27th ICLP, Avignon, France, pp. 459-465.
  • Aleksandrov, N.L., Bazelyan, E.M., D’Alessandro, F. & Raizer, Yu.P., 2004, “Computer simulation of the effect of dimensions on the efficacy of a lightning rod”, Proc. 27th ICLP, Avignon, France, pp. 427-432.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2004, “Improved placement of protective lightning rods on structures”, Proc. 1st Internat. Conf. LPE & Internat. Conf. Grounding & Earthing (Ground’2004), Belo Horizonte, Brazil, pp. 138-143.
  • Aleksandrov, N.L., Bazelyan, E.M., D’Alessandro, F. & Raizer, Yu.P., 2005, “Dependence of lightning rod efficacy on its geometric dimensions – a computer simulation”, J.Phys.D.:Appl. Phys., 38, 1225-1238.
  • Aleksandrov, N.L., Bazelyan, E.M., D’Alessandro, F. & Raizer, Yu.P., 2006, “Numerical simulations of thunderstorm-induced corona processes near lightning rods installed on grounded structures”, J. Electrostat., 64, 802-816.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2006, “Computation of dependence of lightning rod tip radius on installation height using published experimental results”, Proc. 28th ICLP, Kanazawa, Japan, pp. 549-554.
  • Aleksandrov, N.L., Bazelyan, E.M., D’Alessandro, F. & Raizer, Yu.P., 2006, “Numerical simulation of thunderstorm-induced discharge processes near lightning rods installed on grounded structures”, Proc. 28th ICLP, Kanazawa, Japan, pp. 564-569.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2006, “Comparison of air terminal placement methods”, Proc Int. Conf. Grounding and Earthing & 2nd Int. Conf. Lightn. Phys. & Effects (GROUND’2006 & 2nd LPE), Maceio, Brazil, pp. 131-137.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2006, “On the positioning of air terminations on structures: modelling and field studies”, Proc Int. Conf. Grounding and Earthing & 2nd Int. Conf. Lightn. Phys. & Effects (GROUND’2006 & 2nd LPE), Maceio, Brazil, pp. 139-144.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2007, “On the optimum rod geometry for practical lightning protection systems”, J. Electrostat., 65, 113-121.
  • Aleksandrov, N.L., Bazelyan, E.M., D’Alessandro, F. & Raizer, Yu.P., 2008, “The effect of wind on corona processes near grounded objects and their ability to attach lightning”, Proc. 29th ICLP, Uppsala, Sweden, pp. 4-7-1 – 4-7-7.
  • D’Alessandro, F. & Baumgartner, B., 2008, “Experimental evaluation of the corrosion performance of copper-bonded and galvanized grounding electrodes”, IAEI News, Sep-Oct 2008, pp. 78-87.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2009, “Experimental study of the effect of wind on positive and negative corona from a sharp point in a thunderstorm”, J. Electrostat., 67, pp. 482-487.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2009, “New guidelines regarding the positioning of protective air terminations on structures using e-field modelling techniques”, J. Electrostat., 67, pp. 501-506.
  • Bazelyan, E.M., Raizer, Yu.P., Aleksandrov, N.L. & D’Alessandro, F., 2009, “Corona processes and lightning attachment: The effect of wind during thunderstorms”, Atmospheric Research, 94, pp. 436–447.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2009, “A systematic approach to lightning protection for the rail industry”, Proc. AusRail PLUS 2009, IRSE Technical Stream, Day 1, Paper 6.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2010, “A Systematic Lightning Protection Plan for Buildings, Sites and Facilities”, Down to Earth Conference 2010, Perth, Australia, pp. 1-15.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2011, “IEEE Std. 998 – Past, Present and Future”, Power System Protection and Earthing Forum, Perth, Australia, Paper Session 12, pp. 1-28.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2011, “Two Unprecedented Experiments to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Air Terminals”, 1st Internat. Lightn. Protect. Symp., Valencia, Spain, Paper 2.1.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2012, “Developments in IEEE Std 998 with regard to lightning protection of substations”, Down To Earth Conference (DTEC 2012), Hunter Valley, Australia, Paper 2B.1.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2012, “Case study of lightning related outages on a 33 kV overhead line in the Pilbara”, Down To Earth Conference (DTEC 2012), Hunter Valley, Australia, Paper 2B.6.
  • Xie, S., D’Alessandro, F., Chen, W., He, J. & He, H., 2013, “Attachment Processes and Influencing Factors in Competition Tests Under Switching Impulse Voltages”, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., vol. 41, no. 7, pp. 1773 – 1780.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2013, “Lightning and Underground Mines – An Introduction”, Earthing, Lightning and Surge Protection Conference, Brisbane, Australia, Session 13, pp. 1-11.
  • Xie, S., D’Alessandro, F. & He, J. 2013, “Analysis of Charge Distribution in Branched Downward Leaders using CSM”, Proc. Appl. Comput. EM Society, vol. 28, nos. 2 & 3, pp. 13-24.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2014, “Case Study of Lightning Impact on an Overhead Line and Mitigation Measures”, International Lightning Protection Symposium, Chamonix, France, 13-14 March 2014, Paper S1.3.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2014, “An Introduction to Lightning Risk in Underground Mines”, International Lightning Protection Symposium, Chamonix, France, 13-14 March 2014, Paper S1.5.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2014, “Lightning Shielding Methodology Changes in IEEE Std. 998”, Down To Earth Conference 2014, Perth, Australia, Paper 2.2, pp. 1-6.
  • Cliff, D., Henderson, P., Morris, M.E., Johnson, W.A., Wilton, D. & D'Alessandro, F., 2016, “Investigation of the potential lightning impacts on underground coal mines”, 2016 SME Annual Conference and Expo: The Future for Mining in a Data-Driven World, Phoenix, Arizona, pp. 87-90.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2016, “Characteristics and Performance of an Insulated Lightning Downconductor Cable”, Proc. 3rd Internat. Lightn. Protect. Symposium, Porto, Portugal, 5 pages.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2016, “A Critical Review of IEC 62561-7 (Requirements for Earth Enhancing Compounds)”, Proc. 3rd Internat. Lightn. Protect. Symposium, Porto, Portugal, 4 pages.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2016, “High-Performance Bentonite-Based Earth Enhancing Compound for Power and Lightning Applications”, Proc. 3rd Internat. Lightn. Protect. Symposium, Porto, Portugal, 7 pages.
  • D’Alessandro, F., 2016, “Lightning Shielding of Substations – New Approaches for Optimising Protection”, EEA Conference & Exhibition, Wellington, New Zealand, Paper 1, Day 3.
  • Rezinkina, M., Rezinkin, O., D’Alessandro, F., Danyluk, A., Lisachuk, G., Sosina, E. & Svetlichnaya, E., 2016, “Influence of corona on strike probability of grounded electrodes by high voltage discharges”, J. Electrostat., Vol. 83, pp. 42-51.
  • D’Alessandro, F. & Sequeira, S., 2016, “Methodology and Implementation of Leader Inception Theory for Lightning Protection of Substations”, Down To Earth Conference 2016, Hunter Valley, Australia, Day 2, Paper 6.