6 ECTS credits
170 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 1004290BNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (B) Bachelor - advanced level.
Starting from the very general Maxwell equations, we end up with the differential equations that govern the behaviour of the electrical field in free space. This simple differential equation is subsequently solved using simple mathematical functions in different geometries and field configurations.
These use-cases contain both real engineering problems and fair approximations of more complex situations. This includes but is not limited to the propagation of electromagnetic waves in free space, or in a guiding structure. Examples used in the course are the coaxial cable, the rectangular metal waveguide and the flat dielectric waveguides.
The dissipative behaviour of the electrical field results in an in-depth analysis of the Skin-effect in plane and cylindrical conductors.
A lot of time and effort is spent to cover the theory and the practical applications of the transmission lines. A whole collection of techniques are explained theoretically and are next illustrated in the tutorials, the exercises, and the laboratory work. Some examples are: the S-parameters, the reflection coefficient, the VSWR, the reflectometric setup, and the singe- and double-stub matching techniques.
Finally some energetic concepts of the propagation of the electromagnetic fields in the free space are touched. The vector of Poynting is used to introduce the basics of the theory of the antennas and to calculate the power balance of a radio propagation.
The course is split in the Lectures and practical work.
Exercises (15 hours):
Because this course is only tought in Dutch, it is strongly adised to the English speaking students to have at least basic skills in Dutch.
Dutch notes 'Elektromagnetisme' edited by the 'Dienst Uitgaven VUB'.
An English reference textbook can be used as a backup.
C.T.A. JOHNK, Engineering Electromagnetic Field and Waves, Wiley 1975, 1986
General positionning in the cursus:
This course aims at the development of skills and knowledge in the field of electromagnetism. This track starts in the first bachelor, static fields and networks are added in the second bachelor in the "general electricity" course and this course finshes teh bachelor education in electromagnetics for the 'EIT' in the third bachelor.
For the 'EIT' students, the course is followed by the compulsory course 'High Frequency electronics' and by the option course 'Microwave design: From Datasheet to design'.
Study outcomes :
-exam requirements :
This course contributes to the following programme outcomes of the Bachelor in Engineering Sciences:
The Bachelor in Engineering Sciences has a broad fundamental knowledge and understanding of
1. scientific principles and methodology of exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering;
3. integrated design methods according to customer and user needs with the ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support the own specialisation engineering one;
4. fundamental, basic methods and theories to schematize and model problems or processes.
The Bachelor in Engineering Sciences can
5. define, classify, formulate and solve engineering problems, identify the constraints and is able to delimit and formulate the tasks in order to submit these to a critical examination and to check the solutions for their sustainability and social relevance;
6. monitor, interpret and apply the results of analysis and modelling in order to bring about continuous improvement;
10. correctly report on design results in the form of a technical report or in the form of a paper;
12. reason in a logical, abstract and critical way;
The Bachelor in Engineering Sciences has
16. a creative, problem-solving, result-driven and evidence-based attitude, aiming at innovation;
17. a critical attitude towards one’s own results and those of others;
18. acquired the tools for knowledge collection towards life-long learning;
19. The Bachelor in Engineering Sciences has more advanced fundamental knowledge and understanding electronics and information technology from the component up to the system level and can apply this knowledge to solve basic engineering problems.
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.
Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics and Information Technology (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: verkort traject elektronica en informatietechnologie na vooropleiding industriële wetenschappen (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Physics and Astronomy: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Preparatory Programme Master of Science in Photonics Engineering: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Preparatory Programme European Master of Science in Photonics: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)