Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Circuit technology and EMC

Overall Course Objectives

– To enable the student to select components for the realization of circuits according to applicable electrical, thermal, mechanical, environmental and production technological requirements.
– To introduce the student to the practical considerations to be taken into account when designing EMC-compliant Power Electronics and similar circuits.
– To provide a basic knowledge about the EMC Directive and Standards and to enable the student to perform basic EMC-measurements.

Learning Objectives

  • design PCB tracks according to voltage drop, temperature rise and shortcircuit conditions
  • recall the individual steps in an industrial PCB manufacturing process
  • determine parasitic components for resistors, capacitors, inductors and PCB tracks using the component datasheet
  • select components to a given application in order to satisfy the applications specifications
  • identify noise sources in circuits and compute the accumulated noise level on the output
  • compute the electrical drift of a circuit as a function og temperature and time
  • model and calculate thermal radiation, conduction and convection for simple geometries
  • explain basic EMC phenomena and definitions
  • identify noise sources and coupling mechanisms
  • calculate EMC filters
  • apply the EMC Directive and Standards
  • apply EMC test procedures

Course Content

PCB technology:
– materials and properties.
– design rules for PCB layout, according to temperature, shortcircuit and safety distances.
– selection of components for a specified application.
– resistors: types and materials, parameter drift noise and derating.
– capacitors: dielectrics, models with parasitic components.
– inductors: models with parasitic components
– estimating the parasitic components from datasheets and applications.
– Film/paper capacitors, ceramic capacitors, Class I, II, III.
– Electrolytic capacitors, derating.
Thermal design:
– heat conduction, convection and radiation.
– Design of cooling fins, max. junction temperature.
– Heat capacity and thermal equivalent circuits for thermal systems (PSPICE)
– EMC Phenomena and Basic Definitions
– Noise Sources
– Interference Coupling Mechanisms
– EMC-components
– PCB-design
– Filtering
– Shielding
– Mechanical Design
– Principles for Grounding
– The EMC Directive and Standards
– EMC Test Procedures
– Practical Trouble Shooting

Recommended prerequisites

31037/31036/31350/31351/31352, Basic knowledge of electronics, such as Ohms law, Kirchhoffs rules, Fourier, LaPlace, electric components, electromagnetism and analog and / or digital electrical circuits

Teaching Method

Classroom teaching, project and laboratory work


Noise, thermal drift project
PCB layout (minimize EMC) project
EMC filter design test and verification, lab project
Analog power supply thermal project

DTU Diplom Elteknologi (100) Elektroteknologi: 4.Semester

E-learning is used in the form of an interactive quiz.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 34654
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Tues 13-17

7.500,00 DKK