Undergraduate Course: Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave Circuits and Systems 5 (ELEE11111)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||To develop knowledge and advanced design skills in radio frequency (RF) engineering, which are essential for many applications such as radar and communications. Advance knowledge relating to the solution of electromagnetic wave propagation as it applies to different RF waveguides, whilst further developing concepts of microwave networks and matching, wave scattering techniques, and their application to passive and active RF/microwave circuits and devices for radar and communication systems.
Week 1 Advanced Transmission Line Concepts :
reflections, terminated lines, quarter-wave transformer, generator/load mismatches, conjugate matching, linearity, transients on transmission lines, bounce diagrams
Weeks 2 and 3 RF/Microwave Waveguides :
metallic waveguides, parallel-plate waveguides, substrate integrated waveguide, surface waves, circular waveguides, microstrip, stripline, co-planar waveguides, transverse resonance technique
Week 4 Network Analysis for Passive and Active Systems :
impedance and admittance matrices, reciprocal and lossless networks, the scattering matrix, reference planes; signal flow graphs, the transmission ABCD matrix, equivalent circuits for two-port networks, transformations, 2-port and N-port networks
Weeks 5 and 6 Advanced Smith Chart and Matching Circuits :
the complete Smith Chart, impedance, admittance, lambda/4 transformers, matching circuits, single-stub and double-stub matching systems
Weeks 7 and 8 Passive Circuits and RF/Microwave Filters :
design of couplers and power dividers, hybrids, T-junctions, advanced topologies for increased bandwidth and un-equal power split, filter design and system analysis, specifications, high-pass, low-pass, band-pass, notch, filter dispersion and group delay, and transformations
Weeks 9 & 10 Active RF Circuits and RF/Microwave Systems :
advanced RF/microwave amplifier design and analysis, circuit and RF system noise, noise figure, low noise amplifiers, RF models for diodes and transistors, oscillator design (passive and active), negative resistance, RF envelope detectors, rectifiers, and frequency conversion circuit design for RF/microwave systems; considerations for integrated circuit (IC) implementation technologies such as Gallium Nitride and CMOS
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Online Activities 1,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written exam 80%
||Formative assignments consisting of 2 components:
Part 1: Exam style questions, weeks 3 to 4, as practice and feedback for the final written examination.
Part 2: Virtual lab data analysis and interpretation questions, weeks 5 to 6 (as practice and feedback for the summative virtual lab assessment).
Coursework: 20% (weeks 7-10), consisting of a remote laboratory exercise followed by data analysis/interpretation and submission of a brief prepared fill in sheet summarising the findings and analysis.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- have a detailed understanding of the solution of electromagnetic waves for propagation within RF transmission lines and waveguides, with practical application to different technologies;
- critically analyse modal behaviour of RF/microwave waveguides, including dispersion, impedance, modal solutions, and power flow;
- have an advanced knowledge of wave scattering in RF/microwave devices, admittance/impedance matrices, scattering parameters with application to networks and systems;
- understand the physical layer and physics behind radar systems and telecommunications networks, including wired and wireless communications; and
- design passive and active RF/microwave circuits for optimal matching, filtering, power dividing/combining, amplification, frequency generation, frequency conversion, etc. whilst using engineering principles and considering system parameters such as noise and device linearity as well as select for different RFIC technologies and/or printed circuit board (PCB) technologies.
|Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, Pearson, 2015, Fawwaz T. Ulaby and Umberto Ravaioli, ISBN 10: 0133356817, ISBN 13: 978-0133356816.|
Microwave Engineering, Wiley, 2011, David M. Pozar, ISBN 10: 0470631554, ISBN 13: 978-0470631553.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||RF Circuits,Microwave Engineering,Noise,Systems,Network Analysis
|Course organiser||Dr Symon Podilchak
Tel: (0131 6)50 5643
|Course secretary||Mrs Megan Inch-Kellingray
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079