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. 

Interested in related courses? Also have a look at the course Blootstelling aan elektromagnetische velden

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  • Information
    Trainer: Dhr. Dr. A.P.J. van Deursen (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e))
    Course data: November 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 2023
    Day format: 9:00-17:00
    Location: Eindhoven
    Price: € 3,740.00 ex. vat
    The program will be taught in English.
  • Program

    Day 1

    • Introduction
    • Description EM environment
    • Spectrum
    • Grounding
    • Shielding

    Day 2

    • Passive components
    • Cross-talk
    • Cables
    • Analysis EMI problems
    • Maxwell Fields & Kirchhoff circuits

    Day 3

    • Non-linear phenomena I
    • Non-Linear Phenomena II
    • Assesment of immunity via conduction
    • Excursion & demo’s
    • Statutory and operational requirements
    • Transients
    • External visit

    Day 4

    • Measuring EM Emission II Measuring Set-Ups
    • Measuring EM Emission I Measuring Equipment
    • ESD
    • Hands-on demo’s

    Day 5

    • Printed circuit board design I
    • Switched mode power supplies
    • Printed circuit board design II
    • Power line filters
    • Automotive EMC
    • Power Quality
    • Coupling at interfaces
    • EMC management
    • PCB versus on-chip measures
    • Wired and wireless networks
    • PCB versus on-chip measures
    • Emerging issues - Above 1GHz
    • Electrical separation

    Day 6

    • Digital electronics
    • EMC in large systems
    • Assessment of immunity via radiation
    • Lightning
    • EMC simulation programs
    • Fields and metal; visualizations
    • Statistical aspects of EMC
    • Biological aspects
    • Protection of electronic equipment
  • Reviews
    This course is assessed with a 9.1
    “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 - University 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 - University 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
    “Great source of knowledge, which will definitely be implemented into my research.”
    Leonardo Marburg - University Twente
    “Very diverse, very useful. I learned a lot, good coverage of all aspects of EMC/EMI.”
    Mark Krijzer - ProRail
    “It was such a great course with a nice presentations and demos. Great course management and industrial tour.”
    H.H. Adhena - University of Nottingham
    “Great course, covered many subjects, detailed information incl. many demos”
    Leon Cyliax - Prodrive Technologies