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Computational Electromagnetics for RF and Microwave Engineering


  • Date Published: April 2005
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521518918
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521838597


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  • The numerical approximation of Maxwell's equations, Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), has emerged as a crucial enabling technology for radio-frequency, microwave and wireless engineering. The three most popular 'full-wave' methods - the Finite Difference Time Domain Method, the Method of Moments, and the Finite Element Method - are introduced in this book by way of one or two-dimensional problems. Commercial or public domain codes implementing these methods are then applied to complex, real-world engineering problems, and a careful analysis of the reliability of the results obtained is performed, along with a discussion of the many pitfalls which can result in inaccurate and misleading solutions. The book will empower readers to become discerning users of CEM software, with an understanding of the underlying methods and confidence in the results obtained. It also introduces readers to the art of code development. This book is aimed at senior undergraduate/graduate students taking CEM courses and practising engineers in the industry.

    • Examines the strengths and weaknesses of every major computational electromagnetics technique
    • Includes numerous practical applications with an emphasis on verification of the results and supported by additional material available on a dedicated website
    • Practical hints on using codes reliably and optimally: there will also be a number of MATLAB scripts, implementing much of the theory discussed in the book, available on the website
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    "The book's way of presenting things is educational. Many topics are first covered in an introductory way, then in more depth theoretically and in the end Professor Davidson gives a practical application example or two for each main theme...In many cases the author gives extremely helpful and detailed guidance that surely supports the efforts of newcomers. Professor Davidson has succeeded in selecting the presentational style for his Computational Electromagnetics for RF and Microwave Engineering. Although about electromagnetics, the book is not too burdensome for undergraduate students and it contains enough examples of practical applications so that our colleagues already working in the industry or governmental institutions can follow the text on their own...As an overall grading, I found [the book] interesting, useful and worth reading."
    Pekka Eskelinen, IEEE AES Magazine

    “This book is highly readable and an excellent introduction with lucid explanations of CEM. It represents an informative resource for all who may be involved in this area and is written by someone who knows the subject well…I would recommend this book as essential reading for RF and microwave engineers, as well as for students…a worthwhile publication for all interested in CEM.”
    Reza Danesfahani, IEE Communications Engineer

    "Computational Electromagnetics for RF and Microwave Engineering, prepared by David B. Davidson, is a good book. It is well structured, well written, and clear...a valuable reference book for engineering students, lecturers, and CEM researchers. If you already are, or presumably will be, involved in CEM in one way or another, I think you should buy this book."
    Levent Sevgi, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521838597
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 181 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.035kg
    • contains: 11 tables
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521518918
  • Table of Contents

    1. An overview of computational electromagnetics for wireless and RF applications
    2. The finite-difference time-domain method: a one-dimensional introduction
    3. The finite-difference time-domain method in two and three dimensions
    4. A one-dimensional introduction to the method of moments: thin-wire modelling
    5. The application of the Feko and NEC2 codes to thin-wire antenna modelling
    6. The method of moments for surface modelling
    7. The method of moments and stratified media: theory
    8. The method of moments and stratified media: practical applications of a commercial code
    9. An introduction to the finite element method
    10. A selection of more advanced topics on the finite element method.

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    David B. Davidson, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
    DAVID DAVIDSON received his PhD in 1991 from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa where he is currently a Professor in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona, a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and was a guest Professor at the International Research Centre for Telecommunications-Transmission and Radar at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has authored or co-authored 38 papers in refereed journals and co-edits the EM Programmer's Notebook column in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation magazine. David is a member of the IEEE, ACES, and SAIEE and served as chairman of the South African IEEE AP/MTT Chapter from 1996-8. He also served as the national convener of the NRF's Engineering Assessment Committee in 2002 and is the Principal Grantholder of the HF Electromagnetic and Electronic Engineering research consortium, funded by the NRF.

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