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Subject: what does 'outside' mean when talking about the 'skin effect'?

Date: Wed Dec 4 21:15:08 2002
Posted by Daniel
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I heard that the skin effect makes the current go along the 'outside surface' of
the car body if it's hit by lightning, so one can even safely touch the inside.
How about places where the body is 'curved in' (concave, say near the bottom of
the windshield)? Wouldn't the current then travel along the outside of the
curve, which is the inside of the car, so it wouldn't be safe to touch there?

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