Electronic Design

TEST: First Principles of a Gas Discharge Tube Primary Protector

The earliest reference to experiments involving lightning was Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiments in 1752. However, it was in 1859 that Yale University described the use of the first spark gap protection solution. The document uses Franklin’s experiment to harness the energy of a lightning storm. The kite was tied to an insulated post where the metallic string going to the kite was connected to a brass ball on the post.

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