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Earthing system

  1. Sep 3, 2008 #1
    How the earthing can done in air craft systems, ships
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  3. Sep 3, 2008 #2


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    All an earth is, is a common reference point.
    Ships are fairly easy, they are big bits of metal and so like cars you use the hull as ground. There is a small complication in that some ships/ocean structures deliberately generate a potential difference between the hull and the sea water to resist corrosion.

    Aircraft are more complicated, they are subject to greater electrical fileds, flying through thunderstorms etc and have a lot more complicated electronics on them.
    Fundementally though they just employ the same system as your house - all the ground lines are connected back to a common reference point ( a star earth) somewhere in the plane. Great care is taken that all parts of the plane are well earthed/well connected together because a lightning strike on one piece of metal will generate a lot of charge and if the next priece of metal isn't well connected to it there will a large potential difference which can cause sparks and fires.
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