Some questions regarding EMC

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In summary: Z_t for both source and load. If Lambda is near the size of the conductor then reflection will occur and the cable will not provide the required shielding.
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I got some questions regarding Electromagnetic Compatibility:

1. When we measure transfer impedance for cable shielding , why we have assume that lamda >> L ?

2. What is the difference between trasnfer impedance & admittance?

My friend told me that the impedance in purely dependent conductor size , is it correct?

3. How to convert dbμv to normal v?

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For #3, 1dBuV = 20 log (Vpp/1uV)

So if you have a value for the amplitude of a waveform in Vpp, you calculate the value in dBuV using the equation above.

As for your transfer impedance questions, I'm going to have to do some reading before I can attempt an answer...
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thanks for the reply , I really need to know why lamda >> L .. pls help
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madking153 said:
thanks for the reply , I really need to know why lamda >> L .. pls help

I've been kicking around some PMs (personal messages) with other members, but so far none of us are very familiar with the term transfer impedance, and especially the questions you ask about it.

The usual reason for a requirement like [tex]\lambda >> L[/tex] would be to avoid the case of standing waves on whatever the cable is that you are measuring. But again, since I know nothing about transfer impedance, I cannot say that's the reason.

Could you please share with us what you know about transfer impedance so far? What is the context -- audio, Ethernet, some field bus, etc? Can you point us to some online sources of info about the subject? was no help for me, and my semi-brief google search wasn't much help either. What class is this from?
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The main subject of it is about cable shielding in electromagnetic compatibility. I've googling myself but nothing much info about it.

I got some answers from german , after translate is something like this ( dotn know correct or not ):

1. reflection produces ripples
2. to against strong reflection in the end that doenst fit
  • #6
I think you are referring to a "characteristic impedance."

50 ohms or 75 ohm for coax.

Admittance is just the reciprocal of impedance, Y = 1/Z

If you mismatch the source and load impedance with the characteristic impedance, that's when reflections start to occur that degrade your signal.
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Transfer impedance Z_t is used to characterize the coupling of external fields to a shielded cable. The voltage induced in the inner conductor by currents flowing in the shield, in a short length dz, is given by
dV = Z_t * I * dz

You can find the cuurent induced in a load impedance by integrating over the cable length. If lambda>>L, then the integral becomes simple because I and V are constant throughout L. This is often not a valid assumption, however. Things get really messy if lamdba the same or smaller than L, since wave effects (standing waves, as mentioned earlier), resonances, and electromagnetic scattering then become important.

Admittance is the inverse of impedance. Most people are familiar with the characteristic impedance of a transmission line, as waht noted. I suppose you could work with transfer admittance in this case if you like.

I suggest you get a hold of one of the better books on EMC or cable shielding for more info.
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1. As already quoted if Lambda is large with respect to the cable length the cable acts as an Antenna so you need to look at it differently than just a cable with coupling.

2. The use of Transfer Impedance is generally used when doing EMC current injection tests. It is effectively treating the coupling from the injection probe as an impedance which makes calculations simpler especially when using lots of calibrated items in the test set-up as you can just add and subtract the impedances in the frequancy domain to determine the coupling applicable to the IUT and to pre-calibrate your test to ensure you get the right test levels into the IUT.

3. Refer to Berkmans answer

1. What is EMC?

EMC stands for electromagnetic compatibility. It is the ability of electronic devices to function properly and without interference in the presence of electromagnetic disturbances.

2. Why is EMC important?

EMC is important because electronic devices are susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI), which can cause malfunctions, data loss, and safety hazards. Ensuring EMC helps to prevent these issues and maintain reliable operation of electronic systems.

3. What are some common sources of EMI?

Some common sources of EMI include power lines, radio and television broadcasts, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Industrial equipment and lightning can also generate EMI.

4. How is EMC testing performed?

EMC testing involves subjecting electronic devices to various electromagnetic fields and measuring their performance. This can be done in a laboratory setting using specialized equipment and procedures.

5. Is EMC compliance mandatory?

Yes, EMC compliance is mandatory for electronic devices in many countries. Regulations and standards have been put in place to ensure the safety and proper functioning of electronic equipment. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in legal consequences and damage to the reputation of a company.

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