Investigating cost-effective EMC methods

Wiid, P. Gideon (2005-12)

Thesis (MScEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 2005.


Due to the expensive nature of high frequency measurements in the EMC (Electromagnetic Compatability) field, more affordable methods of measurement instrumentation and environments are investigated. Different calibration methods for an Automatic Network Analyser (ANA) are evaluated against each other to determine the most cost-effective method of calibration. The mathematics for all the calibration methods are used in MATLAB programs which perform the error-calculation and correction which is usually done by the ANA software. These programs can be used to develop a simplified homebuilt ANA at reduced cost. The MATLAB program calibrations are compared to actual ANA calibrations to determine accuracy. Different measurement environments are considered as well to decide on a best compromise between cost and accuracy. To achieve this a reverberation chamber was built in which measurements were done and compared to measurements done on an Open Area Test Site. The Device Under Test was a standard radiator constructed specifically for such measurements. The development of both the radiator and the reverberation chamber are discussed and all the measurement results are considered in this thesis.

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