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MEng Electronic Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Antennas and RF Systems
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit will cover the following:
Antenna and Propagation (9 credits)
- General introduction to antennas systems and propagation in free space.
- Antenna parameters: Antenna gain, beamwidth, bandwidth, efficiency and size.
- Polarisation: Polarisation-linear, circular and elliptic, multipath effects.
- Antenna Radiation: Near field and far fields radiation and basic antenna measurements.
- Antenna types: Multiple antennas forming arrays and array factor. Feed structures.
- Antenna modelling: High-frequency methods, FDTD, MoM.
- Propagation: Radio wave propagation and electromagnetics.
RF Systems (6 credits)
Transmission line theory, Telegrapher’s equations. The Smith Chart, ABCD parameters and S-parameters. VSWR and reflection coefficient. Circuit analysis of lumped RF and distributed microwave components. Analysis of lossless reciprocal and non-reciprocal networks. Unitary condition. Worked examples – simple matching networks quarter-wave and lumped LC. Basics of the Smith Chart.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Transmissions Lines & Optical Fibres||EEEN30036||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
The course unit aims to:
- Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of antenna function and characteristics.
- Develop an understanding of the key parameters affecting the propagation of electromagnetic waves in free-space.
- Develop awareness and understanding of the available methods used to model antenna systems.
- Examine the basic analysis techniques for RF and microwave network analysis.
- Show how Smith Chart is used to analyse a circuit and to undertake some basic matching.
Knowledge and understanding:
- Understanding of the key parameters when addressing the performance of antennas and the theory behind it.
- Understand the effect of antenna gain, beam width, polarisation and the nearfield & farfield radiation.
- Develop the knowledge of the main modelling techniques available to model antenna performance.
- Develop the knowledge of the measurement procedures and equipments needed for Antennas and RF circuits
- Understand transmission line theory, loading and discrete modelling.
- Understand the application of the Smith Chart.
- The ability to demonstrate knowledge of antennas used in various communication systems and their key performance parameters.
- Ability to discriminate between antennas on the basis of their electrical performance and their application.
- Identify the appropriate measurement equipment needed for a particular antenna or RF function test.
- Understand the fundamentals of using a microwave circuit simulator such as Keysight's ADS and CST Microwave Studio 3-D modelling tool.
- Develop the ability to use industry standard tools such as Keysight's ADS and CST Microwave Studio for 3D EM modelling.
- Use engineering understanding to interpret modelling results.
Transferable skills personal qualities:
- The ability to work within a small group to design and build a project within an allocated time
- Appreciation of the engineering and analytical thinking on addressing and resolving practical problems
- Report writing.
Unseen Written Examination:
6 questions: 3 from "Antennas" and 3 from "RF System Analysis"
Answer all questions.
Duration, 3 hours.
Calculators are permitted.
The examination forms 70% of the unit assessment.
3 laboratory sessions.
Duration of each laboratory, 2 hours 50 minutes.
Two reports required; one for transmission line and matching CAD modelling and one for the antenna modelling laboratory using CST Microwave Studio.
Laboratory assessments are weighted 15% each.
Course work forms 30% of the unit assessment.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||12|
|Independent study hours|
|Laith Danoon||Unit coordinator|