Electromagnetic compatibility

Preventing EMI and meeting EMC-requirements

The complexity and prevalence of electronic devices increase. The chances for interference caused by the use of multiple devices is an issue with nearly all forms of electronics. The field of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) studies these issues.

Today the electromagnetic compatibility of devices – their components, systems, and modules – is an absolute necessity. Think of warranting the reliability of medical devices, automation and wireless communication. EMC guidelines are included in European regulation since 1 January 1996.

Following the guidelines, electric and electronic devices have to comply with minimum standards concerning emissions and immunity. In specific applications much stricter requirements often apply.

Applying knowledge and skills of the EMC course

After this course you have collected most important theoretical and practical knowledge of EMC:

  • You know the characteristics of electromagnetic fields.
  • You know the existing interference causes and sources.
  • You are able to decrease a multitude of interference problems to fundamental EMC problems.
  • You can prevent and solve EMC problems by making responsible technical and economic measures.
  • You know how to execute EMC measurements, calculations and experiments.
  • You have studied emission, propagation and susceptibility of interference signals and economic return.
  • You are (in an early stage) able to improve the efficiency of the design process and save unnecessary costs.
  • You can apply EMC in installing electrical devices or systems.

The focus of this course will be on providing understanding of the field rather than delivering receipts for the solution for a particular symptom.

Intended for

Engineers who want to prevent or solve system failure in designing, producing, installing, and maintaining electronic devices and those who have to comply with legal requirements in the field of EMC.

You have a master or bachelor in electrical engineering, automatic control engineering or physics or comparable knowledge acquired through experience. Knowledge of EMC is not a requirement. Some experience in the field of network analysis is desired. 

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  • Information
    Trainer: Dhr. Dr. A.P.J. van Deursen (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e))
    Course data: November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 2020
    Location: Eindhoven
    Price: € 3,495.00 ex. vat
    The program can be taught in English on request.
  • Program


    Introduction to EMC field properties: description of the EMC environment, the EMC properties of passive components and circuits, EMC field theory and biological effects.
    EMC coupling and electric circuits: grounding and shielding, crosstalk, tables, transmission lines.
    Interference causes and sources: nonlinear effects, digital electronics, switch-mode power supplies, transients, lightning, and electrostatic discharge (ESD).
    EMC solutions:  methods for analysis, circuit board design, increasing RF immunity of semiconductor switches and the overall immunity of devices, filters, voltaic separation, EMC in large systems, legal and operational EMC requirements, EMC management.
    EMC measuring: measuring emissions and susceptibility, in radiation and wires.
    EMC simulations: getting familiar with EMC software, principles, application and limitations.
    EMC experiments: ‘EMC fair’ with high-quality hands-on demonstrations in which you will become familiar with EMC measuring and computation in small groups.

    Course content

    To provide a clear insight into the field of EMC two days will be devoted to a comprehensive discussion of the basic theory. Here it will become clear that interference issues, which at first sight are noticeably different, can often be reduced to a limited number of fundamental issues. For illustration purposes a number of practical examples will be presented and discussed.
    The afternoon of the fourth course day is devoted to demos and practical training. Participants will do hands-on experiments and are provided ample opportunity to consult with instructors.
    In the last two days the course will split into two parallel sessions; one focuses on design of electronic devices, the other on systems. Both sessions will be open for former participants.

    Practical information

    The course days will commence at 09:00, and end at around 16:45. Except every third day, which will end with a diner and an evening program which will take until around 20:30. The course is in Dutch or, depending on requests by one or more participants, English. All course material, on paper or digital, is in English.
    For information about the course content you can contact the course staff via ,
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    Course staff and instructors

    Dr. A.P.J. van Deursen (TU Eindhoven, course coordinator),
    Ir. A. Almering (Philips IP&S),
    Ing. M.J. Coenen (,
    Ir. M.J.C.M. van Doorn,
    Ing. W.J. de Graaf (Philips Medical Systems),
    Ir. K. Bannerjee
    Ir. H.G.J.N. van der Kruijs,
    Ing. H.D.W. Regtop,
    Ir. W.G. Traa, S.B. Worm (all Philips Applied Technologies),
    Dr. A.P.J. van Deursen,
    Dr. R. Serra (both TU Eindhoven), B.J. Kooij (TU Delft), F.B.J. Leferink (University of Twente/Thales),
    Ir. J. Verpoorte (NLR Laboratorium),
    Ing. C.F. Post (Lambda Engineering),
    Dr. E. van Rongen (The Health Council of the Netherlands),
    Ir. F.J.K. Buesink (University of Twente),
    Ing. J.M. van den Elzen (TomTom), A.P.M. Zwamborn (TNO FEL),
    Prof. Dr. Ir. J.F.G. Cobben (TU Eindhoven).

  • Reviews
    This course is assessed with a 8.7
    “Opens the EMC gate for me.”
    Xingian Fan, RH Marine Netherlands BV
    “Meaningfull lectures which can be used in practical ways.”
    Ron Molenkamp, Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Agentschap Telecom
    “Good link between theory and practice. Gives a lot of insight.”
    Niels Donkers, Honeywell Enraf BV
    “Very useful! The many demonstrations and the excursion to the EMC-lab give a lot of insight and feeling.”
    Matthijs Weskin, HedoN Electronic developments BV
    “A course which actually helps, I have not seen many of them. I had a few revelations!”
    Tom Hartman, Universiteit Twente
    “Very insightful. Explains a lot about 'standard' solutions.”
    Alexander Uithol, Fugro
    “Fascinating and educational! Insightful demo's.”
    Bert Helleman (HedoN Electronic developments BV)
    “Very informative, varying in a positive way. The course stays interesting, despite the 'long' days.”
    Constantijn Grunder (G-Tech Energietechniek)
    “Very useful. Hands-on demo's and demo's during the lectures gave much more deeper understanding.”
    Daria Nemashkalo (Universiteit Twente)
    “Interesting course that gives a good overview of EMC and various related aspects.”
    employee Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (NLR)
    “The course was intense and beneficial. I gained a lot of relevant knowledge and practical experience. It also gave me an opportunity to interact with people from different industries as well as other universities.”
    student Universiteit Twente
    “Good course. Many diverse subjects with a nice mix of academic and business speakers.”
    employee Thales Nederland BV