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Modeling and Simulation Techniques for RF System Design - 5AMSC515

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  • Number of hours

    • Lectures : 15.0
    • Tutorials : -
    • Laboratory works : -
    • Projects : -
    • Internship : -
    ECTS : 0.0
  • Officials : Etienne PERRET


“Modeling and Simulation Techniques for RF System Design”

• To be able to make the connection between mathematical expressions (Maxwell's equations) and the use of commercial CAD RF software.
• To be able to plot, represent with figures expressions that describe physical properties such as wave propagation, EM radiation from antennas.
• To be able to use the main functions available in the common computational software (MATLAB) to address electromagnetic problems. Develop basic knowledge on MATLAB to solve partial differential equations that can be find in electromagnetic problems.
• To be able to provide theoretical elements of comparison through the implementation of various numerical methods (finite differences, method of moment, finite elements ...).
• To be able to show limitations (2D geometry problem, 2½ D, 3D, computation time, memory ...) that can result from using one method over another, that is to say, one commercial software compared to another. Allow students to choose the good way to solve EM problems.
• To be able to correctly use commercial EM simulators (Ansoft Designer & HFSS).


Keywords: RF simulators and RF modeling, numerical methods for microwave devices, Finite Differences, Method of Moments, Finite elements, Practical use of a RF simulation software

• Fundamental concepts
• RF simulators
• Analytical Methods
• Finite Differences Methods
• Variational Methods
• Method of Moments (MoM)
• Finite Elements Method.
• Practical implementation of RF simulation software


  • Electromagnetic / Microwave Circuit *
    Electromagnetics, Concepts in Radio Frequency transmission media, Guides and electromagnetic radiation, radio frequency circuits and systems, antennas
  • Mathematics *
    Good knowledge in mathematics (linear algebra in particular) is required.
    Scientific computing.


E1 = Final Exam 1 - 1H30, Undocumented, No calculator
E2 = Final Exam 2 - resit/rattrapage examination - 1H30, Undocumented, No calculator
TP = Lab

N1 = 50%E1 + 50%TP.
N2 = 50%E2 + 50%TP


The course exists in the following branches:

see the course schedule for 2021-2022

Additional Information

Course ID : 5AMSC515
Course language(s): FR

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