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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

EECE 483 - ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION


  Fall 2013 - Section 101



Welcome to EECE 483!



EECE 483 students visit the CBC Transmitting Site on Mt. Seymour


EECE
                      483
Basic antenna concepts; antennas for low, medium and high frequencies; terrestrial and satellite propagation links; environmental effects on electromagnetic radiation. [3-0-0]
   
Prerequisite: 1 of EECE 364, PHYS 354 or permission of instructor.


Lecturer: 

Email:  
davem@ece.ubc.ca

Office: 
MCLD 441

Lab: 
MCLD 132/442/500



Teaching Assistant: 
Dennis Liang, MSc

Email: dennisliang2013@gmail.com
Office:
MCLD 442

Lab:
MCLD 132/442/500



Lecture Times:  
Mon, Wed, Fri 15:00-15:50

Room:  
MCLD 202




Lab Facilities:  
MCLD Rooftop Antenna Facilities
MCLD 500 - Antennas and Propagation Lab
MCLD 132
= Electromagnetic Compatibility Lab




Course Mailing List: 
https://oldlists.ece.ubc.ca/sympa/info/eece483




Student Services Listing: 
https://courses.students.ubc.ca/




Course Duration:  
13 Weeks  -  33 class hours




Approach: 
EECE 483 will be delivered using Workshop-Based Learning.

A standard
two-week cycle will include:

1) a reading assignment
2) three problem-based lectures
3) a problem set with solutions
4) workshops involving two problem-based exercises
5) an in-class quiz





      Course Text: 
Course Notes and Handouts

Module 1 - Electromagnetic Wave Propagation


Performance Objectives
Lecture Notes
Problem Set - Fundamentals Review
Formula Compendium
Readiness Assurance Test
Problem Set
Problem Set Solutions
In Class Quiz
In Class Quiz Solutions



 


MATLAB Tutorials


EECE 483 students should review and perfect their MATLAB skills during the first two weeks of the course.

Video Tutorial
Getting Started with MATLAB
05:10 How to get started with MATLAB and where to go next for more information

Working in the Development Environment
04:03  How to work in the MATLAB desktop development environment

Writing a MATLAB Program
05:42 How to write a MATLAB program, including creating a script and a function

Video Tutorial
Analyzing Data
04:44 This video demonstrates the different types of data analysis available in MATLAB

Visualizing Data
04:07 This video demonstrates the different types of data visualization available in MATLAB

Working with Arrays
07:52  How to create and manipulate MATLAB arrays, including accessing elements using indexing
Web-based Tutorial
MATLAB Basics Tutorial

A short web-based tutorial from Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Michigan
Practice Problems
MATLAB Exercises

A set of web-based exercises from Bucknell University.   Answers included.
Web-based Tutorial
MATLAB Getting Started 
 
An in-depth set of web-based tutorials from the MathWorks
Supplementary Material
 
A tutorial by Jeffrey Donnell, The Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech.


  1. Course Synopsis


EECE 483 - Antennas and Propagation focuses on the design and implementation of the airlink portion of wireless communications systems at both the systems and device levels.

Students should consider taking EECE 483 if, at some point in their career, they anticipate:
  • working in aerospace, defence, telecommunications, or broadcasting
  • working for a wireless equipment manufacturer
  • working for a wireless communications consulting firm
  • working for a wireless service provider
  • designing or testing wireless systems
  • specifying or procuring antennas
  • designing or testing antennas

ITU-R Wireless Propagation Zones

ITU-R Wireless Propagation Zones


Focus on the Air Interface





Wireless Design and the Professional Engineer

- Where public safety or legal liability are issues, it is generally necessary to have a Professional Engineer assume responsibility for the correctness of a design or results by signing or sealing a design document or report.

- For example, professional engineers are often required to seal the results of tests and measurements conducted on communications and control systems, especially where deficiencies in such systems could affect public safety. 

- Industry Canada currently requires Professional Engineers to sign or seal most licence applications concerning broadcasting or microwave systems that operate in licenced bands.

- Many clients now require that their consultants carry errors and omissions insurance.  This is very difficult to obtain if one isn't registered as a Professional Engineer.

- RFP's (Requests for Proposal) and RFQ's (Requests for Quotations) for consulting services often stipulate that bidders be registered as Professional Engineers to be eligible for consideration.  This is especially common for work done on behalf of a provincial government or another consulting firm.

- Because the Professional Engineer designation is awarded to those with documented experience in designng engineering solutions based upon established and accepted principles, many consultants feel that it gives them instant credibility with prospective clients. 

- If you aren't certain whether you need to register, your manager or director will not hesitate to advise you!

- For more information, please contact the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

APEGBC


  2. Major Topics


Course Introduction - workshop-based learning, practical issues in antenna design and wireless systems, math review.   
1. Electromagnetic Wave Propagation – Maxwell’s equations, constitutive relations, Helmholtz’s theorem, wave propagation in materials and across material boundaries, formulation of cylindrical and spherical waves, Rayleigh criterion, scattering and diffraction of electromagnetic waves.
2. RF Systems Engineering – Receiver architectures, noise in systems, intermodulation distortion, system link budgets, cables and connectors.
3. Wireless Systems Engineering – System level properties of antennas (radiation pattern, gain, polarization, input impedance, directivity, efficiency, beamwidth, sidelobe level), reciprocity theorem, energy flow, equivalent circuits, Friis transmission formula, and system link budgets for short-range, terrestrial, Earth-space and radar applications, wireless system planning.
4. Simulation and Measurement of Wire AntennasTheory, calibration and operation of vector network analyzers, applications of VNAs in antenna and propagation studies, antenna range design and operation.
5. Wire Antennas – Prediction of radiation from a current element, radiation and terminal properties of infinitesimal dipole antennas, resolution of practical wire antennas into the superposition of infinitesimal dipoles, determination of the current distribution on common wire antennas, properties of common wire antennas, effect of ground planes and duality between loops and dipoles.
6. Antenna Arrays - Comparison to physically large single antennas, array factor, visible region, effect of changes in element spacing or the amplitude and phase progression of the excitation on the array factor. Broadside, endfire and Hansen-Woodyard arrays, antenna feeds and mutual effects.
    Course Review
       

3. APPROACH



During each module, we will follow the following progression in-class and @ home:

Preview (15 min. in class) – The lecturer will prepare the class to complete the reading assignment by presenting a summary of the key points in the next module and their significance.

        Reading Assignment (3 hours @ home) The class will become acquainted with key concepts and terminology by completing a reading assignment.

Readiness Assurance Test (RAT) (15 min. in class) – The class will demonstrate their mastery of the concepts and terminology associated with the module by completing a short multiple-choice quiz.

Lectures (1-2.5 hours in class) – The lecturer will review problems that are representative of those that the class will be expected to master with emphasis on key insights and useful techniques. .

        Problem Set (3 hours @ home) – The class will practice solving problems that are representative of those that they will be expected to solve during the in-class quiz and final exam.

Workshop  (1 hour in class) – The class will be divided into two groups of 12-15 students each that will participate in two lab exercises that are inspired by the problem set. Each group will rotate through two activities during thehour.

Problem Set Review (1 hour in class) - The lecturer will review the problem set solutions.
In-class Quiz (ICQ) (25 min. in class) – The class will demonstrate their mastery of the insights and problem solving techniques associated with the module by completing a short problem-based quiz.

        Personal Review (1 hour @ home) – Before proceeding to the next module, each student will spend about an hour reviewing the course materials associated with the module and identifying weaknesses or gaps that they need to be correct.


4. Schedule - FALL 2013


Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
1
  2 Sep - Labour Day
 
University Closed
  3
  4 Class Cancelled - IEEE VTC 2013


  6 Course Intro &
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
2
  9 ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS & WAVES
RAT + Lecture 1
10
11 Wireless Strategy
Guest lecture -
Dr. David Cawood
Ian Radziejewski
12
13 PS Review

Preview - Module 2
3
16  RF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
RAT + Lecture 1
17   18 Class Cancelled - Truth & Reconciliation Day 19
20 Class Cancelled - IEEE EMC Seminar

4
23 RSE Lecture 2
 
24 25 RSE Workshop
26
27 In-Class Quiz

Preview Module 3
5
30  WIRELESS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
RAT + Lecture 1
1   Oct
  2 WSE Lecture 2

  3
  4 WSE Lecture 3


6
  7 WSE Workshop   8
  9 WSE PS Review 10

11 In-Class Quiz

Preview Module 4
7
15  Thanksgiving

University Closed
16 17 SIMULATION & MEASUREMENT
RAT + Lecture 1

17
18 SIM Lecture 2
8
22 SIM Workshop 23
24 SIM Workshop 24  25 In-Class Quiz

Preview Module 5
9
28  ANTENNA ELEMENTS

RAT + Lecture 1
29   30 ANT Lecture 2 31

  1  ANT Lecture 3
10
  4  ANT Workshop

  5   6 ANT PS Review   7   8 In-Class Quiz

Preview Module 6
11
11 
Remembrance Day
University Closed
12 13 ANTENNA ARRAYS 14
15 ARR Lecture 2

12
18 ARR Lecture 3


19 
20 ARR Workshop 21  22  ARR PS Review


13
25 In-Class Quiz

Preview - Review
26 27 Course Review 1
28


29 Course Review 2

Last Day of Classes
Term 1

Field Trip 1
IEEE EMC Seminar
Museum of Flight, Seattle
Fri, 20 Sep 2013: All day
Field Trip 1
CBC TV-FM Tx Site
Mt. Seymour
Sat, 21 Sep 2013: 09:30-11:00 am
Field Trip 2
CBC AM Tx Site
Steveston
Sat,   4 Oct 2013: 09:30-10:30 am
Field Trip 3
ECOMM Headquarters
Vancouver
TBA
Field Trip 4
TELUS Cell Site
UBC Acadia High Rise
TBA




  5. Grading



10% - five readiness assurance tests (RAT)

20% - five in-class quizzes (ICQ)
10% - peer evaluations (PEV)
10% - memos concerning workshops

50% - final exam (five problems)
_____________________________________

100% - final course mark
_____________________________________

If you score at least 60% on the RAT, ICQ and PEV but score higher on the final exam, I will only count the final exam.

 

6. Industrial Sponsors


Course facilities provided by major equipment donations or teaching discounts from:

Agilent
                      Technologies


We gratefully acknowledge advice on course content provided by our industry advisory panel:

Rob Stirling, P.Eng.,
Protocol EMC (Abbotsford, BC)

Dr. Behrouz Pourseyed,
Sierra Wireless (Richmond, BC)

Rob Calis,
Inevitable Technologies (Surrey, BC)
 
Bruce Veidt,
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (Penticton, BC)



  http://www.ece.ubc.ca/~eece483/index.html
  Last updated:  8 Sep 2013
  Comments?  Suggestions?
  Please contact Prof. Dave Michelson, davem@ece.ubc.ca