Module IES-3005:
Microwave System Design Tech

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Prof Chris Hancock

Overall aims and purpose

The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to microwave engineering and applications. The lectures will provide an understanding of a range of microwave engineering design techniques and give a basic knowledge of a number components used in the development of microwave systems. This module covers the most commonly used microwave transmission lines and looks at transmission line design techniques.

Examples of microwave system line-ups that have been developed by members of the Medical Microwave Systems Research Group, in Bangor, will be given to allow the student to become familiar with typical system configurations, and also to give an appreciation of how microwave engineering techniques can be applied in the medical devices industry. The module will also provide the student with an appreciation of more general applications of microwave engineering, i.e. for microwave communication links.

Course content

• A general overview of microwave systems engineering, including a number of practical system configurations developed for medical applications will be given. • This will be followed by an introduction to microwave system design in terms of attenuation and gain of passive and active components respectively, and use of dBs and dBms to design basic system line-ups. • Microwave transmission lines commonly used in microwave system design, i.e. co-axial lines and microstrip lines, will be introduced and it will be shown how to calculate their characteristic impedance. • A range of microwave system design techniques will then be introduced; including: derivation and use of the impedance transformation equation, graphical design techniques using Smith Charts.

Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria







Have an appreciation, and an understanding of, the breadth of applications of microwave engineering (communications, industrial processing, medical)

Has a reasonable grasp of the breath of applications and understands the main limitations of microwave systems Appreciates the breath of potential applications. Can identify less obvious issues that may limit performance Appreciates the breath of applications and all significant limitation of microwave systems.

Be able to apply microwave engineering techniques to solve problems encountered in industry

Understands and can apply microwave techniques to basic problems Understands and can apply microwave techniques to standard problems Understands and can apply microwave techniques to previously unseen problems

Be capable of making useful microwave measurements using a vector network analyser (VNA)

Can undertake basic measurements and analyse results. Can undertake more challenging measurements and analysis Can undertake more complex measurements that may be multistep.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Examination 70
Assignment 2 10
Assignment 1 10
Assignment 3 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Lecture 24
Private study 76

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: