La recerca del nostre grup és en l'Electricitat Atmosfèrica i especialment en el fenomen del llamp. A la recerca bàsica treballem en: l'estudi de la física del fenomen del llamp; els esdeveniments lluminosos a l'alta atmosfera TLE; les emissions terrestres d'alta energia TGF; les emissions d’altes energies en llamps i descàrregues elèctriques; l'activitat de llamps en tempestes severes; i els camps electromagnètics produïts per llamps. També realitzem recerca aplicada en: la protecció contra el llamp d’aerogeneradors i avions; sistemes de seguiment i avís de tempestes; assaigs d'alta tensió al laboratori; etc. Bona part de la recerca del grup es centra en la missió ASIM de l’ESA on hem establert el Laboratori natural de la Vall de l'Ebre amb les instal·lacions de referència a Europa com ara: la torre de mesura de llamps del Niu de l’Àliga; la xarxa de traçat de llamps 3D Lightning Mapping Array, càmeres d’alta velocitat, interferòmetres VHF, detectors d'altes energies; i altres.

La investigación de nuestro grupo se desarrolla en el ámbito de la electricidad atmosférica y especialmente sobre el fenómeno del rayo. En la investigación básica trabajamos en el estudio de la física del fenómeno del rayo; los acontecimientos luminosos en la alta atmósfera (TLE); las emisiones terrestres de alta energía (TGF);
las emisiones de altas energías en rayos y descargas eléctricas; la actividad de los rayos en tormentas severas, y los campos electromagnéticos producidos por los rayos. También realizamos investigación aplicada en la protección contra el rayo de aerogeneradores y aviones; los sistemas de seguimiento y aviso de tormentas; los ensayos de alta tensión en el laboratorio, etc. Una buena parte de la investigación del grupo se centra en la misión ASIM de la ESA, a la que contribuimos mediante el Laboratorio del Valle del Ebro, que contiene instalaciones de referencia en Europa, como la torre de medición de rayos del Niu de l’Àliga; la red de trazado de rayos 3D (lightning mapping array); cámaras de alta velocidad; interferómetros VHF;detectores de altas energías, y otros.

Our group's research tackles the field of atmospheric electricity and particularly the phenomenon of lightning. In our basic research we study the physics of lightning, transient luminous events (TLEs) in the upper atmosphere, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), high-energy emissions in lightning and electrical discharges, lightning activity in severe storms and electromagnetic fields produced by lightning. We also carry out applied research on lightning protection for wind turbines and aircraft, storm monitoring and warning systems, high-voltage laboratory tests, etc. Much of the Group's research focuses on the ESA's ASIM mission, to which we contribute via the Ebro Valley Laboratory’s benchmark European facilities, such as the lightning measurement tower in Niu de l’Àliga, a lightning mapping array, high-speed cameras, VHF interferometers and high energy detectors. Lightning physics and effects and atmospheric electricity processes. Lightning effects and protection on electrical systems, wind turbines and aircraft. Lightning location systems, observation and measurement of lightning parameters. Observation of mesospheric electrical discharges. High voltage test and research on the energetic processes of electrical sparks. Research on the protection of composite materials employed in aerospace and wind energy industry. Electromagnetic simulation and testing of complex structures.

Our group's research tackles the field of atmospheric electricity and particularly the phenomenon of lightning. In our basic research we study the physics of lightning, transient luminous events (TLEs) in the upper atmosphere, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), high-energy emissions in lightning and electrical discharges, lightning activity in severe storms and electromagnetic fields produced by lightning. We also carry out applied research on lightning protection for wind turbines and aircraft, storm monitoring and warning systems, high-voltage laboratory tests, etc. Much of the Group's research focuses on the ESA's ASIM mission, to which we contribute via the Ebro Valley Laboratory’s benchmark European facilities, such as the lightning measurement tower in Niu de l’Àliga, a lightning mapping array, high-speed cameras, VHF interferometers and high energy detectors. Lightning physics and effects and atmospheric electricity processes. Lightning effects and protection on electrical systems, wind turbines and aircraft. Lightning location systems, observation and measurement of lightning parameters. Observation of mesospheric electrical discharges. High voltage test and research on the energetic processes of electrical sparks. Research on the protection of composite materials employed in aerospace and wind energy industry. Electromagnetic simulation and testing of complex structures.

Recent Submissions

  • Natural observatories for lightning research in Colombia 

    Aranguren Fino, Harby Daniel; López Trujillo, Jesús Alberto; Montañá Puig, Juan; Torres Sanchez, Horacio (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018)
    Conference report
    Open Access
    This paper presents a selected, not exhaustive, description of lightning research in Colombia over time, based on natural observatories for experimentation and measurement; and introduces the DABEIBA Lightning Research ...
  • Automated analysis and statistics of lightning leader speed, local flash rates and electric charge structure in thunderstorms 

    Van der Velde, Oscar Arnoud; Montanya, Joan; López Trujillo, Jesús Alberto (2018)
    Conference lecture
    Open Access
    We introduce new methods for the analysis of complex three-dimensional lightning data produced by Lightning Mapping Arrays and illustrate them by cases of a mid-latitude severe weather producing thunderstorm and a tropical ...
  • Evolution of gigantic jets at high temporal and spatial resolution 

    Van der Velde, Oscar Arnoud; Montanya, Joan; López Trujillo, Jesús Alberto (2018)
    Conference lecture
    Open Access
    Gigantic Jets (GJ) are lightning discharges between the cloud and the lower ionosphere, which manifest as leaders at low altitude and transition to streamers as they rise in altitude. The evolution has never been imaged ...
  • Meteorological aspects of winter upward lightning from an instrumented tower in the Pyrenees 

    Pineda, Nicolau; Montanya, Joan; Romero Durán, David; Bech, Joan; González Lopez, Sergio (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018)
    Conference report
    Open Access
    A case study of winter upward lightning is analysed. In particular, the study focuses on the meteorological aspects that favoured the triggering of upward lightning by an instrumented tower in the eastern Pyrenees. Starting ...
  • On the classification of self-triggered versus other-triggered lightning flashes 

    Sunjerga, A.; Mostajabi, A.; Pineda Rüegg, Nicolau; Romero Durán, David; Van der Velde, Oscar Arnoud; Montanya, Joan; Azadifar, M.; Rubinstein, M.; Diendorfer, Gergard (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018)
    Conference report
    Open Access
    We present in this paper lightning current measurements and LMA (Lightning Mapping Array) data associated with upward flashes observed at the Sàntis Tower during Summer 2017. The LMA network consists of six stations located ...
  • The 2018 revision of the standard IEC 61400-24 : lightning protection of wind turbines 

    Mendez, Y.; Birkl, J.; Madsen, S.; Montañá Puig, Juan (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018)
    Conference report
    Open Access
    The first edition of the standard IEC 61400-24, Wind Generator Systems-Part 24 Lightning Protection, was issued in June 2010, and the scope was to reflect the experiences and technical understanding of lightning protection ...
  • Análisis de la influencia de la evolución tecnológica en los riesgos laborales que afectan las mediciones topográficas 

    Sanmiquel Pera, Lluís; Bascompta Massanes, Marc; Vives Costa, Jordi; Freijo Álvarez, Modesto (2018-09-19)
    Article
    Open Access
    Fundamento y Métodos: En esta investigación se presenta el caso de la mejora de los riesgos laborales que experimenta un puesto de trabajo dedicado a mediciones topográficas, con la evolución tecnológica experimentada en ...
  • Evaluación de los accidentes en el sector minero español entre los años 2010 y 2016 

    Freijo Álvarez, Modesto; Sanmiquel Pera, Lluís; Vintró Sanchez, Carla; Vives Costa, Jordi; Viladomat Vers, Antoni; Montañá Puig, Juan (2018-11-02)
    Article
    Open Access
    Las actividades mineras son una de las industrias de mayor riesgo que exponen a los a sus trabajadores a un alto nivel de riesgo de salud y seguridad en el trabajo. El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar durante un ...
  • LMA observation of upward flashes at Säntis Tower: preliminary result 

    Mostajabi, A.; Pineda Rüegg, Nicolau; Romero Durán, David; Azadifar, M.; Van der Velde, Oscar Arnoud; Montañá Puig, Juan; Rubinstein, M.; Rachidi, F (2018)
    Conference report
    Open Access
    Lightning striking tall towers is mainly of the upward lightning type, which is characterized by the absence of a first return stroke and the presence of an initial continuous current (ICC) with or without superimposed ...
  • Estudio de mercado para la automatización del control de parámetros de seguridad en actividades subterráneas turísticas a través de tecnologías de la información y comunicación (TIC) 

    Sanmiquel Pera, Lluís; Parcerisa Duocastella, David; Alfonso Abella, María Pura; Oliva Moncunill, Josep; Vintró Sánchez, Carla; Freijo Álvarez, Modesto (2012)
    Conference lecture
    Open Access
    El presente trabajo se enmarca dentro de un proyecto europeo denominado Undersafe financiado por la Unión Europea en el 7th Framework Programme. Su objetivo es diseñar un sistema de monitoreo de cuevas y minas turísticas ...
  • Legislación de seguridad para minas y cuevas turísticas de la Unión Europea 

    Vintró Sánchez, Carla; Oliva Moncunill, Josep; Freijo Álvarez, Modesto; Sanmiquel Pera, Lluís; Parcerisa Duocastella, David; Alfonso Abella, María Pura; Mata Perelló, Josep Maria (2012)
    Conference lecture
    Open Access
    En este trabajo se presentan los principales resultados del estudio de normativa de seguridad para minas y cuevas turísticas de la Unión Europea (UE). Del conjunto de países donde existen minas y cuevas turísticas se han ...
  • The EDINSOST project. Training sustainability change agents in Spanish and Catalan Engineering Education. 

    Segalàs Coral, Jorge; Sánchez Carracedo, Fermín; Hernández Gómez, M. Angeles; Busquets Rubio, Pere; Tejedor Papell, Gemma; Horta Bernús, Ricard (2018)
    Conference report
    Open Access

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