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Advanced Diploma of Industrial
Module 16: Practical Shielding EMC/EMI, Noise Reduction,
Earthing & Circuit Board Layout of Electronic Systems
Module 16: Practical Shielding EMC/EMI, Noise Reduction, Earthing & Circuit Board Layout of Electronic Systems
Total Marks: 135 marks
- Supply the required answers below in blue font(not red or black).
- You must submit this assessment along with the practical component.
- Answer all the questions.
Module 16 Critical Questions:
- Question 9 & Question 17.
- These questions are mandatory to assess Module competency.
- Questions must be answered completely correctly to be assessed as competent with a score for this module.
|Q1||Interference is present in a signal cable between a PLC and a temperature sensor which is running next to a power cable in the tray.
|A1||Noise coupling or interference in a signal cable can occur in four possible ways, Common Impedance coupling, Inductive Coupling, Radiative Coupling, and Capacitive coupling.
1) Common Impedance Noise: Common Impedance Noise might occur in the circuit due to the presence of impedance (an inductive, capacitive, or reactive) in the common return path of two circuits. This may result in the error of voltage measurement depending on the value of current in the circuit and amount of impedance.
Fig. 1: Common Impedance Noise coupling
2) Inductive Coupling: These noises are produced by mutual induction between two nearby circuits. A time-varying magnetic field is produced by the noise circuit (due to flow current) causes voltage induced in the signal circuit as given by the formula.
In = 2p fBACos, where symbols have their usual meaning.
A lumped equivalent circuit can be used to explain the same where this coupling is represented by a mutual inductance placed between them.
Fig. 2: Inductive Coupling
3) Capacitive Coupling: It is caused due to disturbance due to the electric field from the noise circuit to the signal circuit. This transfer of energy due to the electric field is equivalent to a capacitance placed between them, which forms the basis of conversion of the scenario into a lumped equivalent circuit as shown in the figure.
Fig. 3: Capacitive coupling
4) Radiative Coupling:
This type of coupling occurs due to radiation from TV or Broadcast radio sources or any other communication channel.
Two ways to minimize noise coupling are:
i) By using different return paths for signals
ii) By using twisted cable in the circuit (Cao et al., 2018)
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|Q2||The fundamental to an understanding of EMC are the concepts of differential mode, common mode and antenna mode radiated field coupling.
List any 5 differences between differential mode and common mode coupling.
|A2||In differential mode coupling, coupling occurs in two lines of a closed-loop where current flows in opposite direction. However, common-mode coupling occurs in two lines in the same direction and phase.
In differential mode coupling, disturbances are weakly coupled because of conductors being placed nearby. In Common mode coupling, current can be induced due to magnetic fields.
In differential mode coupling, the current is generally larger whereas in current mode-coupling the current is very small.
In differential mode coupling, the area of the loop is very small compared to common code.
The solution of differential mode coupling is the connection of impedance series in with the high side along with a shunt capacitor across the line. However, the common-mode coupling can be solved using a common-mode choke (Chen, Chen, Chiu, & Yeh, 2015)
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|Q3||Describe in at least 4 sentences how an electronic circuit can create an electromagnetic (EM) wave.||(4 marks)|
|A3||We know all electronic components work on electric current. A time-varying electric field generates a time-varying magnetic field and vice versa. Now, an electronic circuit has got both electric (capacitors) and magnetic (inductors) components. So, when an alternating electric current (which varies with time) is applied in an electronic circuit, it produces time-varying electric and magnetic fields. These interactions between electric and magnetic fields cause the production of an electromagnetic wave.|
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|Q4||List any 2 primary sources of transients and spikes.||(2 marks)|
|A4||Two sources of transients and spikes are:
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|Q5||Describe 2 methods to prevent CM (common mode) to DM (differential mode) conversion in circuits that carry high-frequency signals (such as wideband data or video) or which could be susceptible to RF.||(4 marks)|
|A5||Two methods are as follows:
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|Q6||Explain the difference between EMI and EMC.||(1 mark)|
|A6||EMI stands for Electromagnetic Interferences whereas EMC stands for Electromagnetic Compatibility. Electromagnetic interference refers to any disturbance, which is occurring in the circuit due to external sources. On the other hand, Electromagnetic Compatibility refers to devices’ ability to withstand any kind of electromagnetic interference( Cole, Linnebur, Preston, & Schofield, 2018).|
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|Q7||A microprocessor circuit with a clock frequency of 10MHz has been mounted in a metal enclosure. There are, however, some concerns about emissions leaking from the enclosure with the screws screw separation distance x. Close to the microprocessor circuit is a 100MHz receiver circuit which receives noisy signals. The receiver is sensitive at 10 times the clock frequency of the microprocessor circuit and one would have assumed that the 10th harmonic of a square wave would be significantly reduced.
The distance x should be 2.1 mm.
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|Q8||Although lightning and ESD are both pulsed noise, they differ in their treatment and threats. Describe why they are two distinct threats (list at least 3 differences).||(6 marks)|
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