IEEE EMC Society Madras Chapter
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IEEE EMC-S Expert Lecture Series

A workshop on EMC on specific topics will be conducted by the IEEE EMC Society Madras Chapter. The EMC-S Expert lecture series is being conducted by the chapter aiming in bringing the global EMC expertise to the benefit of regional industries and researchers. In addition to the knowledge sharing, the chapter also provides this event as an opertunity for the participants to interact with the internationally renowned personalities.  

About the Lectures

Presentation 1:  Immunity Testing by Bulk Current Injection

By Sergio A. Pignari, Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Abstract:  BULK current injection (BCI) is widely used for conducted susceptibility testing of electronic systems. A number of reasons make this technique extremely attractive. On one hand, BCI permits susceptibility screening at the early design stages of units and subsystems at moderate costs (as regards instrumentation and facility) and with limited investment of time. On the other hand, it is a fast and noninvasive procedure, and allows for onboard testing in case of large and complex systems. Consequently, BCI-based techniques have progressively gained the attention of several international standards, spanning from the automotive sector (ISO and SAE) to aerospace (RTCA and EUROCAE), commercial (IEC), and military (MIL-STD) sectors.  This presentation will focus on the BCI technique showing: a) how to develop virtual BCI tests by resorting to full-wave (CST MicrowaveStudio) and circuit (SPICE) models of the injection devices, b) how to predict BCI effects in systems involving CAN bus, c) how to use BCI to mimic radiated susceptibility tests, and d) what is the role of terminations imbalance on test outcomes.

Speaker Biography:   Sergio A. Pignari (M’01–SM’07–F’12) received the Laurea (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, in 1988 and 1993, respectively.

From 1991 to 1998, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electronics, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy. In 1998, he joined Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, where he is currently a Full Professor of Circuit Theory and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) with the EMC Group, Department of Electrical Engineering. He is the author or coauthor of more than 120 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. His research interests are in the field of EMC and include characterization of interference effects, distributed-parameter circuit modeling, statistical techniques for EMC, and experimental procedures and setups for EMC testing.

Dr. Pignari was the recipient of the IEEE EMC Society 2005 Transactions Prize Paper Award. In 2011, he received a Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE EMC Society. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY. From 2007 to 2009 he served as the Chair of the IEEE Italy Section EMC Society Chapter, and he is currently serving as the IEEE EMC Society Chapter Coordinator. He has been Technical Program Chair of the ESA Workshop on Aerospace EMC in 2009 and 2012, and a Member of the Technical Program Committee of the Asia Pacific EMC Week since 2010. He has organized special sessions and workshops on Statistical Techniques for EMC and Transportation Systems EMC at several International Conferences. His research activity is mainly related to Aerospace, Automotive, and Railway industry sectors. In particular, his recent work has been supported by the European Space Research and Technology Center of the European Space Agency, by the Italian Ministry of Education, University, and Research, and by Companies of the Italian Railways Group.

Presentation 2: Effective Automotive Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing – 

From Components and Electronic Systems to Whole Vehicles in a Real-World Environment

By Garth D’Abreu, Director of RF Engineering, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas

Abstract:  As vehicles became increasingly electronic and complicated with hybrid and electric systems, component to whole vehicle EMC testing is critical to ensure optimal and safe performance.  Examples of the new EMC test chambers, such as those at NATRiP, will be reviewed for cost-effective design and performance.  Anechoic and reverberation chambers with automotive specific construction and design considerations (heavy load turntables, dynamometers) will be shown.  Applicable international tests standards in the automotive sector (ISO, SAE), aerospace (RTCA, EUROCAE), commercial (IEC), and military (MIL-STD) sectors will be discussed.

Speaker Biography:  Garth D’Abreu is the Director of RF Engineering at ETS-Lindgren based at the corporate 

office in Cedar Park, Texas. He has primary responsibility for the design and development functions within the Systems Engineering group. The Systems group provides technical support for ETS-Lindgren worldwide and is directly responsible for anechoic chamber, E- Field generator, TEM device and instrumentation system design and development. Mr. D’Abreu is the lead engineer for reverberation chamber design and test and is responsible for the development of GTEM cells, EMP protection applications and wireless device test systems. He also provides technical support to the Filter department.  He holds a BSc degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering, from North London University, UK.  He is a member of the IEEE EMC Society, and active participant in standards development with has over 20 years experience in the RF industry.  


      March 20, 2014, 14:00 hrs

The Venue

      SAMEER-Centre for Electromagnetics
      CIT Campus, Taramani, Chennai
      Tamil Nadu
      India. PIN 600 113


      The registration for the event is free, however the seats are limited. Those who are interested may please register by visiting the registration page here on or before 17 March, 2014