The Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory (MBLL) is the only University-based lightning direct effects facility in Europe, and a unique laboratory worldwide. The MBLL was established in 2011 as a collaboration between Cardiff University and Airbus Group (formerly EADS), with support from the Welsh Government. We conduct wide-ranging research into lightning and its interaction with materials and structures, with a particular focus on aerospace applications.

Our bespoke research facility is capable of generating worst-case lightning currents up to 220kA, which is over seven times that of the average naturally occurring lighting strike. We draw upon the expertise of a multidisciplinary research team and compliment other leading research facilities within Cardiff University, including:


Advanced High Voltage Engineering Research Centre

Gas Turbine Research Centre

Cardiff University Structural Performance Laboratory

Aerospace Research at Cardiff


We welcome visitors and are happy to discuss how our capabilities can be of use to you, whether in the fields of research, testing or consultancy.


Lightning strikes over Atlanta By David Selby [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons