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ELEC2219 Electromagnetism for EEE

Module Overview

This module introduces and develops the knowledge in fundamental electromagnetics for second year Electrical and Electronic Engineering students. The course presents the basic concepts of electromagnetic theory from a physical and application point of view. The vector algebra used in electromagnetic theory is introduced in the electromagnetic field context. The course uses numerical methods to solve and visualise electromagnetic fields for simple problems so that students gain a better understanding of the electromagnetic field theory which is core of any electrical and electronic engineering degree. The students should have covered in their first year Mathematics for Electronic and Electrical Engineering (MATH1055) and Electric Materials and Fields course (ELEC1206). Although these two courses are not pre-requisites, students will cope better with the material of this course if MATH1055 and ELEC1206 were already covered in their first year.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module introduces and develops the knowledge in fundamental electromagnetics by introducing the basic concepts of electromagnetic theory from a physical and application point of view.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Basic concepts of electromagnetic theory
  • Advantages and limitations of various field modelling techniques
  • Vector algebra in the electromagnetic field context
  • Properties of static and time-varying electromagnetic fields
  • Physical meaning of Maxwell's equations
  • Mathematical description of fundamental laws of electromagnetism
  • Electric and magnetic properties of matter
  • Principles of electromagnetic radiation
  • Fundamentals of modelling and simulation techniques applied to electromagnetics
  • Principles of finite difference and finite element formulations
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write programs using C language and Matlab scripts
  • Use electromagnetic CAD packages
  • Write technical reports
  • Work in a small team to conduct an experiment
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate electromagnetic theory applied to simple practical situations
  • Explain the meaning and consequences of field theory
  • Apply Maxwell's equations to problems involving simple configurations
  • Interpret electromagnetic solutions
  • Explain the operation of simple electromagnetic devices
  • Apply mathematical methods and vector algebra to practical problems
  • Be familiar with running commercial finite element software for electromagnetics
  • Set up, solve and interrogate solutions to problems using FE software
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of computational electromagnetics in engineering
  • Relate field displays to fundamental concepts of electromagnetics
  • Identify different types of equations governing electromagnetic processes
  • Derive equations describing electromagnetic phenomena
  • Formulate fundamental laws of electromagnetism
  • Solve differential equations using separation of variables
  • Analyse simple electromagnetic systems
  • Appreciate the complexity of CAD systems for electromagnetic design
  • Distinguish between various stages associated with CAD
  • Design models suitable to analyse performance of electromagnetic devices

Syllabus

Basic concepts of electromagnetic theory Vector algebra in the electromagnetic field context Properties of static and time-varying electromagnetic fields Maxwell's equations Electric and magnetic properties of matter Principles of electromagnetic radiation Fundamentals of modelling and simulation techniques applied to electromagnetics

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Follow-up work18
Revision10
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Completion of assessment task27
Lecture36
Tutorial6
Wider reading or practice35
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

John D. Kraus & Daniel A. Fleisch. Electroamagnetics with Applications. 

Hammond P & Sykulski J K (1994). Engineering Electromagnetism - Physical Processes and Computation. 

Laboratory space and equipment required. 

Software requirements. 

Daniel Fleisch. A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Eddy current screening 5%
Exam  (2 hours) 50%
Experiment 5%
FE using Magnet 17.5%
Magnetostatic screening 5%
TAS+FD+FE 17.5%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward %
Exam %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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