The EMC Society of Australia (EMCSA) workshop will be convened in Adelaide, 30th May 2023. Our workshop features short and long presentations from National and International experts in industry and academia, as well as Industry Exhibitions.
This premier EMC event is back, after a hiatus due to COVID, and will focus on:
This event is now established as the best way to update EMC knowledge and keep in touch with everyone working at the peak of EMC in Australia.
This Workshop will be convened in May 2023 and will be a hybrid event, where delgates can attend in person or online.
Presentations are generally 45 minutes long which enables more in depth presentation of material and an open forumto conclude.
An electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) or anechoic chamber is a critical tool for conducting accurate and reliable EMC tests and measurements. The presentation will provide an overview of key considerations when designing an EMC or anechoic chamber, including compliance with the latest standards, modern chamber features, layout design, RF absorbing materials like foam and ferrite, and common performance challenges. EMC testing is an essential aspect of product development and manufacturing since electronic devices must function as intended in their electromagnetic environment to prevent posing a serious risk to other devices and to human safety. This presentation will also cover chamber validation techniques since it is necessary to ensure that a chamber can produce accurate and reliable test results. This presentation is intended for all engineers, researchers and industry professionals involved in EMC testing. The audience will gain valuable knowledge and insights into the latest trends and best practices for designing and validating EMC and anechoic chambers. Attendees will come away with a comprehensive understanding of chamber design considerations and techniques for chamber characterization.
In this presentation, we will review common approaches to SCIF shielding and some of the related challenges both from a design and construction perspective. We will also delve into some of the common RF shielding misconceptions that occur on SCIF projects from design to material performance to construction related issues. The presentation will include some general design guidance in addition to some clarification between documents and standards commonly used or referenced in SCIF design.
Modern defence systems require verification to electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) requirements. These requirements are levied on integrators who must prove that the entire platform can operate in the specified environments, including High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), lightning, High-altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), and Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards (EMRADHAZ). In many cases, the design requirements for suppliers must be determined well in advance of the full product prototype. Further, the requirements specify the external environment, but require the integrator to determine how the levels will couple to the platform and impact individual equipment line replaceable units (LRUs). Simulation based on digital engineering designs provide a method to determine the E3 levels that couple to individual LRUs early in a product development cycle. In this presentation, we will describe the methods, validation cases, and application of E3 simulation to modern defense platform designs.
In order to comply with the Australian Government policy that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must consider Non Development Items (NDI), Commercial–off-the-Shelf (COTS) and Military–off–the-Shelf (MOTS) equipment in ADF procurements has presented a challenge for system designers and design certification authorities in determining the EMC Technical Integrity Risks in meeting this requirement. The verification evidence available when implementing such a Value for money Engineering Principle when selecting and assessing NDI MOTS/COTS systems – where possible – to fulfil key program Defence materiel against requirements that define the ADF’s intended operational environment often does not provide complete objective assurance functions. To meet the Value for money Engineering Principle, equipment development should only be undertaken where strictly necessary and may not normally be subjected to significant redesign, modification, and associated requalification testing. This presentation describes a framework that has been successfully utilized in assisting design authorities and certification authorities to make object assessments as to the acceptability of previous certification of NDI MOTS/COTS systems and the residual risk associated with the materiel when used in the intended ADF operational environment.
Marthinus ‘Thinus’ Neethling graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and started work as an RF/ Microwave Development Engineer at SAAB Avitronics. He was immersed in R&D efforts on broadband active & passive microwave circuits, destined for use in the Electronic Warfare (EW) systems of the Gripen fighter aircraft. His work and study on 2-18GHz limiting amplifiers eventually resulted in a Master’s degree (Electronic Engineering) in 2004. In 2006 he transitioned to SAAB Grintek Antennas where he was appointed as the R&D Manager - Commercial Products. This role led to an opportunity for Thinus and his family to immigrate to Australia in 2008. After working as a Higher Senior RF Design Engineer at Kaelus, he was appointed as Engineering Manager – Test Instruments where he oversaw the design and develop of technically complex cellular RF test equipment. In December 2012 Thinus started work as a Senior RF Design Engineer at Micreo, which specialises in microwave and photonics products for radar and EW systems. After two years at Micreo, Thinus accepted an engineering position at QinetiQ where he was earmarked to step into the role of Electro-Explosive Hazards (EEH) Desk Officer for the Explosive Materiel Branch (EMB) – as a Contractor to Defence. Over the course of 8 years, Thinus has conducted EEH assessments on a wide range of electrically-initiated explosive ordnance (EO) items and is regarded as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) within this specialised field of EO Engineering. His contributions to his field of expertise, especially concerning mentoring and training of ADF staff, has been formally recognised in 2020 when he received the Australian Defence Industry Engineer of the Year award. As of February 2022, Thinus is utilised as both EEH and Fuzes Desk Officer / SME within EMB.
Electromagnetic fields are weird. We can’t see them; they are described by a complicated set of vector calculus equations (Maxwell’s equations) and sometimes we treat them as particles (photons)! If you do manage to get you head around Fresnel zones, Huygens’s principle and TEM modes what good is it going to do you? What’s your career path? Apparently, students are motivated to choose their university course by a combination of status, wealth, making stuff, understanding the world, changing the world. How do topics related to EMC relate to these drivers? In this talk I will describe what Flinders University is doing attract more students to study topics related to EMC.
In recent years there has been a rapid proliferation of wireless communications devices, especially for the Internet of Things (IoT) for control and monitoring of everything from factories to farms. As their rollout continues to accelerate, the complexity of regulatory approvals such as RCM is increasing. IoT devices that include wireless and cellular communications (e.g., LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT) involve compliance with ACMA regulations for EMC, Telecommunications, Radiocommunications, Electromagnetic Radiation/SAR and Electrical Safety. The talk covers all aspects of RCM compliance for IoT devices including how to choose and integrate wireless modules to ensure the quickest and cheapest route to market with minimal compliance testing. Relevant for: manufacturers, importers, suppliers, retailers, and traders of electrical equipment.
As the main focal points for EMC in Australia, the EMCSA performs the following functions:
Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia (SA), is located on a coastal plain between the Gulf of St. Vincent and the Adelaide Hills, with much of the city being divided by the Torrens River. Despite its size, Adelaide often has a feeling of a large town, and this leafy city boasts a distinctly European feel. The city centre itself comprises a series of squares, connected by King William Street, where the South Australian Tourism Commission Visitors Centre is to be found - the https://southaustralia.com/
The EMC Society of Australia (EMCSA) is a technical society within the Electrical College of ENgineers Australia. It was formed to foster technical exchange on matters related to the branch of electronic engineering known as Electromagnetic Compatibility.
The EMCSA is a sister society of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society which is the world's largest organisation dedicated to the development and distribution of informaiton, tools and techniques for reducing electromagnetic interference.
Please contact Kinsley Mcrae to join the EMC Society Australia
Phone: 0419 518 303