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EMC for Product Designers - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780750681704, 9780080469546

EMC for Product Designers

4th Edition

Author: Tim Williams
Paperback ISBN: 9780750681704
eBook ISBN: 9780080469546
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 5th December 2006
Page Count: 512
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Widely regarded as the standard text on EMC, Tim Williams’ book provides all the key information needed to meet the requirements of the latest EMC Directive. Most importantly, it shows how to incorporate EMC principles into the product design process, avoiding cost and performance penalties, meeting the needs of specific standards and resulting in a better overall product.

As well as covering the very latest legal requirements, the fourth edition has been thoroughly updated in line with the latest best practice in EMC compliance and product design. Coverage has been considerably expanded to include the R&TTE and Automotive EMC Directives, as well the military aerospace standards of DEF STAN 59-41 and DO160E. A new chapter on systems EMC is included, while short case studies demonstrate how EMC product design is put into practice.

Tim Williams has worked for a variety of companies as an electronic design engineer over the last 25 years. He has monitored the progress of the EMC Directive and its associated standards since it was first made public. He now runs his own consultancy specialising in EMC design and test advice and training.

Key Features

  • Includes the compliance procedures of the latest EMC Directive: 2004/108/EC
  • Short case studies demonstrating how EMC product design is put into practice
  • Packed full with many new chapters including: The R&TTE Directive and the Automotive EMC Directive looking at compliance aspects of radio and telecom terminal equipment and automotive electronic products; New chapter on military aerospace standards of DEP STAN 59-41 and DO1 60E; New chapter on systems EMC


Electronic Design Engineers, Compliance Engineers, Regulatory Engineers, Test Engineers and EMC Consultants, Managers responsible for product compliance and product design

Table of Contents


Preface to the fourth edition

Part 1: Legislation and standards

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 What is EMC?

1.2 Compatibility between and within systems

1.3 The scope of EMC

1.4 Electromagnetic fields and human health

Chapter 2: The EMC Directive

2.1 History

2.2 The second EMC Directive

2.3 Compliance of apparatus with the Directive

2.4 Action for compliance for a product manufacturer

Chapter 3: The R&TTE Directive

3.1 The implementation of the R&TTE Directive

3.2 The process of conformity assessment

Chapter 4: Commercial standards

4.1 The standards making bodies

4.2 Generic standards – emissions

4.3 Main product standards: emissions

4.4 Generic standards – immunity

4.5 Basic standards – EN 61000-3-X and -4-X

4.6 Product standards

4.7 Other standards not related to the EMC Directive

4.8 RF emissions limits

Chapter 5: Other standards and legislation

5.1 Automotive

5.2 Military

5.3 Aerospace

5.4 Rail

Part 2: Testing

Chapter 6: RF emissions measurements

6.1 Emissions measuring instruments

6.2 Transducers

6.3 Sites and facilities

6.4 Test methods

6.5 Measurement uncertainty

Chapter 7: Immunity tests

7.1 RF immunity

7.2 ESD and transient immunity

7.3 Military susceptibility tests

Chapter 8: Low frequency tests

8.1 Mains harmonic and flicker emission

8.2 Magnetic field and power quality immunity

Chapter 9: Test planning

9.1 The need for a test plan

9.2 Contents of the test plan

9.3 Immunity performance criteria

Part 3: Design

Chapter 10: Interference coupling mechanisms

10.1 Source and victim

10.2 Emissions

10.3 Immunity

10.4 Mains harmonics

Chapter 11: Layout and grounding

11.1 Equipment layout and grounding

11.2 PCB layout

Chapter 12: Digital and analogue circuit design

12.1 Design for emissions control

12.2 Design for immunity

Chapter 13: Interfaces and filtering

13.1 Cables and connectors

13.2 Filtering and suppression

Chapter 14: Shielding

14.1 Shielding theory

14.2 Shielding practice

Chapter 15: Systems EMC

15.1 System versus product EMC

15.2 Earthing and bonding

15.3 Cabinets, cubicles and chambers

15.4 Cabling

15.5 Lightning protection

Chapter 16: EMC management

16.1 Managing the EMC process

16.2 The design process

16.3 Test management

16.4 Compliance during production and beyond

16.5 The control plan and documentation for Directives

Design checklist


B.1 Overview

B.2 Modelling packages

B.3 Circuit CAD

Case studies

C.1 Cockpit display

C.2 Liquid tank sensor

C.3 The problem with wall-warts

C.4 The dipole problem: a box in two halves

Useful tables and formulae

D.1 The deciBel

D.2 Antennas

D.3 Fields

D.4 Shielding

D.5 Capacitance, inductance and PCB layout

D.6 Filters

D.7 Fourier series

The EU and EEA countries

The European Union





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About the Author

Tim Williams

Tim Williams worked for a variety of companies as an electronic design engineer, before startinghis own consultancy specializing in EMC design and test advice and training. He has monitored the progress of the EMC Directive and its associated standards since it was first made public, over the last 25 years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Elmac Services, Wareham, UK


Reviews of the 3rd edition:
"Essential reading for those designing electronic products for the European market." --New Electronics

"The title could equally well have been 'EMC Handbook' since the book contains a wealth of reference material on the directive, the standards, measurements and the methods which can, and should, be used to achieve compliance." --IEE Review

"Tim Williams clearly draws heavily on his experience gained as a consultant, specialising in design and training, which is reflected in the quality and clarity of this work." --International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education

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