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    This subject came up several months ago on this list. However, it was confined to discussing damage caused to reinforced concrete. Steve Gordin gave the following link to an ASCE article discussing lighting striking concrete. Perhaps you could contact the authors for additional information. Also, Harold Sprague indicated that he had investigated a guyed tower that failed due to a lightning strike. If you do an archive search for lightning, you can find the entire thread and a couple others where lightning was mentioned.

Wesley C. Werner, E.I.T.
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-----Original Message-----
From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:BPolhemus(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 11:05 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Lightning Damage to Structures

Anyone have any expertise in, or KNOW anyone who has expertise in, the effect of lightning on structures, particularly as a cause of structural failure?

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
Senior Associate

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. 
Engineers I Architects I  Material Scientists
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