Introduction to EMC

Introduction to EMC

1st Edition - August 20, 1997

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  • Authors: John Scott, Clinton Van Zyl
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080572642
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750631013

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This is the clear guide for non-specialists to electromagnetic compatability (EMC), the effects of electromagnetic radiation and the European EMC Directive which is now in force. This book helps by explaining the basic principles of EMC, how it may be controlled in practice through filtering, shielding, appropriate printed circuit board design, and other means. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) and surge protection are discussed. The growing concern about the effects of electromagnetic waves and fields on health are examined in detail. This introduction provides beginners, technical and non-technical alike with a basic guide to the principles of EMC. This will prove essential reading for the thousands of people close to despair, giving them the underlying insight, in clear words, that is needed to comply with the EMC Directive, and therefore opens the door to continued trading in Europe and the World.

Key Features

  • Beginner's guide to EMC ideal for non-technical staff
  • Vital for all businesses who export to either Europe or the rest of the world


Electronics (especially RF) engineers, technicians, designers and managers; students

Table of Contents

  • What is EMC?
    Regulations and enforcement
    Power supplies
    Radio waves and how they travel (propagation)
    Electrostatic discharge; sparking
    Impedance matching, balancing, tuning: Noise and interference
    Car radios
    Shields (screens)
    Transients and surge protection
    Printed-circuit boards, layout and grounding
    Health and other aspects of electromagnetic waves
    Health and measurements of electromagnetic fields
    Sources of technical information
    Appendix A. Dates in the history of electromagnetism
    Appendix B. Sources of electromagnetic pollution

Product details

  • No. of pages: 172
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1997
  • Published: August 20, 1997
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080572642
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750631013

About the Authors

John Scott

Affiliations and Expertise

Medical Director, East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust, Cambridge, UK

Clinton Van Zyl

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