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EEE2015 : Electromagnetic Fields & Waves

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enhance the students' knowledge of electromagnetic fields and wave behaviour and how this can be used to describe quasistatic fields, transmission lines and plane waves.

Outline Of Syllabus

Maxwell Equations
Basic vector algebra, definitions of Curl, Div and Grad, review quasistatic fields, Laplace and Poisson equations, continuity equation, derivation of Maxwell’s equations for static and time varying fields. Examples of static and time varying fields, applications of Laplace, Poisson and continuity equations, the physical significance and engineering relevance of Maxwell’s equations.

Transmission Lines
Concepts of distributed circuits, derivation of transmission line parameters, attenuation and phase coefficients, characteristic impedance, SWR definition, lossless and lossy lines and matching techniques. Examples in engineering practise, measurement and matching techniques.

Electromagnetic Waves
Derivation of the wave equation, solution of wave equation for TEM case, plane wave concepts, wavelength, attenuation and phase constants, propagation of waves in lossless and lossy media, polarisation, wave power (Poynting vector), interaction with dielectric and conducting media, and wave reflection and refraction. Examples in wave propagation, power flow in polarised fields and wave reflection and refraction.

Engineering Examples
Design implications of skin effect, corona discharge, shielding, review of EMC concepts and legislative requirements.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Tutorials will cover solutions to practical sample problems.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Lab report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Case Study Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Revision for Final Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00Reviewing lecture notes; Reviewing Recap; general reading.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is provided through tutorials.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
PHY2021Principles of Electromagnetism2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M15The report requires research on the history, applications and possible future directions of electromagnetics.
Practical/lab report2M15Lab report (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the lecture course material.

The Practical Lab Report 2 provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of practical lab measurements on electromagnetic devices and their interpretation.

The emphasis and content of Report 1 essay required is very flexible so that students can select areas of concentration in electromagnetics that they personally find interesting.

Reading Lists