Industry EMC Courses

Foundations of Electro­magnetic Compatibility

Certificate Course

Boulder Courtyard

EMC Course Date


This two-day tutorial course reviews the fundamental concepts of electromagnetic compatibility and the underlying circuits and electromagnetics foundations. EMC topics are supported by several practical EMC examples and hands-on demonstrations. To facilitate the understanding of EMC phenomena, the underlying concepts are explained in a tutorial manner. The course is intended for both the practicing EMC professionals and new EMC engineers entering the field.

Course Dates/Times:
March 8-9, 2018 (Thursday and Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Course Location:
Courtyard Boulder, 4710 Pearl East Circle, Boulder, CO 80301, 303-440-4700

Course Fee:
$975. Fee includes notes, textbook, breakfast, lunch, and beverage breaks. Payment required prior to course. Hotel accommodations are not included.

Register early, seating is limited! If the course is full contact Prof. Adamczyk to be placed on a stand-by list or enquire about the future course date and place.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations before February 14, 2018 will receive full refund.

Hotel Reservations:

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at a rate of $119 per night (taxes not included). Book by February 14, 2018 to receive this special rate. Call the Courtyard Boulder at 800-321-2211 and ask for the Grand Valley State University Seminar rate. Or make on-line reservations at a discounted rate here: Group Rate Grand Valley State University Seminar.

For additional information contact Prof. Adamczyk at or call 616-331-7286.

Course Content

Near-Field Coupling and Shielding:

Inductive and capacitive coupling, crosstalk between PCB traces. Reduction of crosstalk by changing circuit topology, shielding, and termination strategies. Underlying concepts: Self and mutual inductance and capacitance, voltage and current divider, superposition, wavelength and electrical length, common-impedance coupling, effect of shield on electric and magnetic coupling.

Transmission Lines and Signal Integrity:

Voltage and current propagation along transmission lines, reflections at a resistive, inductive and capacitive load, and discontinuities, bounce diagram and ringing, matching schemes. Underlying concepts: Kirchhoff’s laws, Ohm’s law, voltage-current relationship for inductor and capacitor, RC and RL circuits, transmission line model and equations, reflection and transmission coefficients.

Frequency Spectra of Digital Signals:

Spectral bounds on digital clock signals, rise/fall time and bandwidth, effect of the rise time, signal amplitude, fundamental frequency and duty cycle on the spectral content. Underlying concepts: Fourier series, Bode plot, decibel.

Non-Ideal Behavior of Components:

Realistic models of resistors, inductors, and capacitors. Effect of the length of the connecting traces on the frequency behavior and self-resonance. Underlying concepts: inductance, RLC circuits, resonance, two-port networks, s-parameters.

Power Distribution Network:

Decoupling capacitors, value, effective capacitor placement, use of multiple capacitors, embedded capacitance, ground bounce and power rail collapse. Underlying concepts: Non-ideal models of capacitors and inductors, resonance in RLC circuits, magnetic flux, partial inductance.

EMC Filters:

Single and multistage filters, effect of the source and load impedance on the filter effectiveness, power supply filters, differential- and common-mode filters, CM chokes. Underlying concepts: sinusoidal steady state and frequency transfer function, passive filters, mesh-current analysis.

Conducted Emissions and Immunity:

AC and DC Line Impedance Stabilization Networks (LISN), insertion loss, conducted emission measurements, conducted immunity measurements. Underlying concepts: impedance of capacitors and inductors, low-pass filters, Faraday’s law, Lentz’s law, current probes, transfer impedance.

Radiated Emissions and Immunity:

Controlling differential- and common-mode emissions, radiation fields of unintentional antennas, shielding against high-frequency fields, radiated emission measurements, radiated immunity measurements. Underlying concepts: half-wave dipole and quarter-wave monopole antennas, displacement currents, peak, average and quasi-peak measurements.

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD):

ESD event and ESD gun and ESD testing, air-discharge and contact-discharge methods. Underlying concepts: triboelectric list, capacitance, absolute capacitance of human body, human-body model.

Near-Field and Far-Field EM Wave Shielding:

Near-field shielding against electric and magnetic fields, far-field shielding, shielding effectiveness, effect of apertures, reflection and absorption loss. Underlying concepts: electromagnetic wave propagation, electric and magnetic boundary conditions, wave impedance, Hertzian dipole radiated fields.

PCB Topology and Current Return Path:

Alternative paths of the return current, low-frequency and high-frequency return paths, return path discontinuities and radiation, split power/ground planes, slots in ground/power planes, PCB layout and stack up. Underlying concepts: ground plane impedance, path of least impedance, inductance.

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Feedback from Recent EMC Course Participants:

“Excellent material, great cadence of the topics, best class on EMC that I have attended"
"Helped reinforce my understanding of EMC"
"Pace was just right. Definitely helped support better understanding of EMC"
"Design engineers would highly benefit from these courses"
"This course will greatly help me in designing trouble-free EMC robust electronic modules"
"Instructor has excellent subject knowledge"
"Prof. Adamczyk’s presentation style was excellent. I would have loved to have him as a teacher in college"
"Very refreshing and motivating way to teach EMC applications"

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