ENEL290-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Waves and Materials in Electrical Engineering

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020

Description

Waves in electrical engineering. Static electric and magnetic fields. Transmission lines: equivalent circuit, wave propagation, reflections and matching. Plane waves: time varying fields and Maxwell’s Equations. Electrical engineering materials: conductors, insulators and semiconductors.

The curriculum for this course includes:

1. Electrostatics and Magnetostatics: Electric and Magnetic Fields; Gauss’ Law, Coulomb’s Law, Ampere’s Law; Capacitance and inductance; Coaxial cables.

2. Transmission Lines: Wave equations; Characteristic impedance; Reflections and impedance matching; Lossy and lossless transmission lines; Standing waves and Voltage Standing Wave Ratio; Smith Charts; Examples: coaxial cables, microstrip lines.

3. Plane Waves and Time Varying Fields: Maxwell’s Equations in free space and source-free media; Conduction Current; Charge Dissipation; Wave equation and plane-wave solutions; Complex permittivity; Intrinsic impedance; Skin depth.

4. Physical & Electronic Structure of Materials: Isolated atoms; Atomic bonding; Crystallography; Crystalline defects; Thermal expansion

5. Conductors: Conduction mechanisms; Temperature dependence; Skin effect; Thin metal films; Interconnects; Thermal conductivity; Thermal noise

6. Dielectrics/Insulators: Polarisation; Relative permittivity; Dielectric strength; Insulator breakdown; Capacitor dielectric materials

7. Semiconductors: Intrinsic semiconductors; Extrinsic semiconductors; Temperature dependence; Recombination; Majority & minority carriers; Optical absorption; Basic diode operation principles; Basic transistor operation principles

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Analyze static electric and magnetic field distributions for important electrical engineering situations (coaxial cables, transmission lines etc.)
  • Relate these to equivalent circuit parameters (resistance, capacitance, inductance).
  • Develop understanding of wave propagation and reflections on coaxial cables and other transmission lines.
  • Design simple matching networks.  
  • Understand the propagation of electromagnetic plane waves.  
  • Understand the electrical properties of materials, including: conduction mechanisms, dielectric properties and breakdown phenomena, basic crystallography, bonding and band structure in conductors, insulators and semiconductors; doping, impurities, electrons and holes in semiconductors; basic diode operation principles.

Pre-requisites

PHYS102, MATH103 or
EMTH119; or
Approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 F3 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 F3 Lecture Theatre (16/7-6/8, 20/8, 10/9-15/10)
E8 Lecture Theatre (13/8)
13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 110 Electrical Machines Lab 27 Jul - 2 Aug
02 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 110 Electrical Machines Lab 3 Aug - 9 Aug
03 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 110 Electrical Machines Lab 7 Sep - 13 Sep
04 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 104 Power Electronics Lab 14 Sep - 20 Sep
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 210 Electronics Lab 27 Jul - 2 Aug
02 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 210 Electronics Lab 3 Aug - 9 Aug
03 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 210 Electronics Lab 7 Sep - 13 Sep
04 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 210 Electronics Lab 14 Sep - 20 Sep
Lab C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 210 Electronics Lab 27 Jul - 2 Aug
02 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 210 Electronics Lab 3 Aug - 9 Aug
03 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 210 Electronics Lab 7 Sep - 13 Sep
04 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 210 Electronics Lab 14 Sep - 20 Sep
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator

Richard Clare

Lecturer

Claude Meffan

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test 15%
Lab Assignments 6%
Formal Report 9%
Homework 10%
Final Exam 60%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

S.O. Kasap; Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices; McGraw Hill, 2006.

Recommended Reading

F.T. Ulaby and U. Ravaioli; Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics; Pearson, 2015.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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