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Module Code: EEE218
Module Title: RF Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module introduces students to the concepts required to understand how an electronic system response changes as the wavelength of the operating frequency decreases to a size comparable with the physical length of the system. In modern technologies this is of particular importance for communication systems as well as embedded systems, both of which commonly operate in the Radio Frequency (region of the electromagnetic spectrum). The module will use the foundations of the transmission line to develop understanding and to demonstrate application of the concepts in real world systems.
Learning outcomes 
A. Understand the concepts of transmission lines including the factors influencing their performance.

B. Understand and analyse the interplay between travelling and standing waves and the utility of the concept of power waves at high frequencies.

C. Understand and analyse reflection coefficients and return losses in communication systems.

D. Design matching networks for maximum power transfer.

E. Understand the essential concepts and parameters relating to antennas.

Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures and tutorials.
Lecture 1: Introduction to the module and to RF systems and engineering. Review of essential electromagnetics concepts including the wave equation and the plane wave solution.

Lecture 2: Transmission line theory. Transmission line properties (equivalence, phase delay, attenuation and dispersion) and the Telegraphers equations, concept of reflection coefficient and VSWR.

Lecture 3: Relationship between phase and wavelength; Transients on a transmission line and voltage bounce diagrams.

Lecture 4: Transmission line impedance (input impedance, effect of open and short circuit loads), Introduction to the Smith Chart.

Lecture 5: The Smith chart – the RF engineers tool.

Lecture 6: Standing waves (loaded transmission lines, quarter wave transformer)

Lecture 7: Power transfer (power losses, power transfer, transmission coefficient, return loss, insertion loss).

Lecture 8: Matching networks (maximum power transfer, quarter wave transformer, shnt matching, stub matching).

Lecture 9: S-parameters (definition, application, measurement)

Lecture 10: Radio wave propagation in various media, path-loss; wave reflection and transmission; Examples of wireless systems (such as mobile phones) and airborne RF systems (such as GPS and radar and stealth technology)

Lecture 11: Antenna essential concepts and parameters (input impedance, directivity, gain, efficiency, polarisation and radiation pattern). Basic antennas (dipole and loop). Friis equation and applications.

Lecture 12: Review and application

Lecture 13: Review and application

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13     6      56  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Midterm Exam 15.00
2 Final Exam 85.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 8/20/2019 6:15:45 PM