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Laboratory Driven EMC Education: Design of a Power Supply

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

New Developments in Teaching Electromagnetics and Related Topics

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Electrical and Computer

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22.996.1 - 22.996.10



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Thomas Michael Petersen Grand Valley State University, Graduate School of Engineering

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Thomas Petersen received his M.S.E. degree with an emphasis in electrical engineering from Grand Valley State University in 2010 and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1991.
He is currently a consultant to the electric power generation industry. As a recent graduate student his electrical interests include electromagnetic compatibility, and his business interests include project management, quality management, and process optimization.

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Bogdan Adamczyk Grand Valley State University

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Dr. Adamczyk has developed EMC laboratory at GVSU to support EM courses and the testing for local industry. In addition to teaching at GVSU, he works with the EMC group at Gentex Corp. developing courses for industry and laboratory material for EMC courses at GVSU.

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Laboratory Driven EMC Education – Design of a Power SupplyAbstractThis paper describes a practical approach to teaching electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in theundergraduate curriculum. The elective senior level EMC course discussed here combinesaspects of both theory and applied engineering. In this course, several laboratory assignmentsare devoted to the design of linear and switched-mode power supplies (SMPS), revealing thedesign tradeoffs vs. the EMC performance. Students are guided through a sequence of designsteps that allow them to experience the effects of the component and topology choices and theresulting EMC performance. Several EMC phenomena are discussed and explained throughthese practical design activities facilitating students’ understanding of this rather difficult topic.

Petersen, T. M., & Adamczyk, B. (2011, June), Laboratory Driven EMC Education: Design of a Power Supply Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18246

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