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Unit information: Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility in 2015/16

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Unit name Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility
Unit code EENGM5010
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Hilton
Open unit status Not open

Entry to MSc in CSSP.



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Antennas: The antenna is an integral part of any wireless communications system. The module outlines basic principles and analysis of antennas. The first part of this module concentrates on defining and practical measurement of antenna characteristics. Array theory is then developed using isotropic sources, and this includes both analysis of linear and planar arrays as well as pattern synthesis. Examples of practical antennas are considered, concentrating on dipoles and patch antennas. The latter is used for practical laboratory work in this unit.

Electromagnetic Compatibility: This course is designed to give an appreciation of the range of issues involved in the design and testing of equipment in such a way as will comply with EMC standards and operate successfully when used in systems. The approach is deliberately chosen to be broad rather than deep so that the students will obtain the necessary background in order for them to be able to investigate specific problems which they may encounter in the future.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. outline what is meant by electromagnetic radiation;
  2. explain basic antenna characteristics (matching, transmission and polarisation);
  3. analyse RF characteristics of some antenna element geometries;
  4. analyse linear and planar antenna arrays;
  5. formulate ways to shape and steer antenna array radiation patterns;
  6. undertake simple antenna design and basic practical antenna measurements;
  7. describe circuits and structures which are likely to give rise to interference such as loops and long wires;
  8. calculate crosstalk levels on wires and printed circuit tracks, given their distributed parameters;
  9. describe "real" components such as capacitors, inductors and filters, their behaviour at high frequencies and the most effective ways to use them to improve EMC performance;
  10. describe the properties of different screening materials and their effect on different types of interference ;
  11. describe different grounding schemes which are possible and their advantages and disadvantages at different frequencies;
  12. explain how an EMC test is carried out;
  13. describe EMC modelling tools which are available, their uses and limitations.

Teaching details

Combination of lectures and laboratory sessions

Assessment Details

Pro-forma report on antenna matching and measurement laboratory, 10% (ILOs 2, 3, 6)

Pro-forma report on basic antenna design using CAD modelling, 10% (ILOs 2, 3, 6)

Exam, 2 hours, 80% (ILOs 1-5, 6-13)

Reading and References


  • Balanis, C.A., Antenna Theory Analysis and Design, J. Wiley, 3rd edition, 2005 Background reference ISBN:978-0-471-66782-7

Electromagnetic Compatibility

  • Weston, D.A., Electromagnetic Compatibility – Principles and Applications, 1991
  • Williams, Tim, EMC for Product Designers, 2nd edition, 1996, ISBN:0 7506 2466 3