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Testing for EMC Compliance: Approaches and Techniques

Testing for EMC Compliance: Approaches and Techniques

Mark I. Montrose, Edward M. Nakauchi

ISBN: 978-0-471-64468-2

Jul 2004, Wiley-IEEE Press

480 pages



The Keep It Simple (KISS) philosophy is the primary focus of this book. It is written in very simple language with minimal math, as a compilation of helpful EMI troubleshooting hints. Its light-hearted tone is at odds with the extreme seriousness of most engineering reference works that become boring after a few pages. This text tells engineers what to do and how to do it. Only a basic knowledge of math, electronics, and a basic understanding of EMI/EMC are necessary to understand the concepts and circuits described.

Once EMC troubleshooting is demystified, readers learn there are quick and simple techniques to solve complicated problems a key aspect of this book. Simple and inexpensive methods to resolve EMI issues are discussed to help generate unique ideas and methods for developing additional diagnostic tools and measurement procedures. An appendix on how to build probes is included. It can be a fun activity, even humorous at times with bizarre techniques (i.e., the sticky finger probe).

1. Introduction.

2. Electric, Magnetic, and Static Fields.

3. Instrumentation.

4. Test Facilities.

5. Probes, Antennas, and Support Equipment.

6. Conducted Testing.

7. Radiated Testing.

8. General Approaches Troubleshooting.

9. On-Site Troubleshooting Techniques.

Appendix A: Building Probes.

Appendix B: Test Procedures.




About the Authors.

"…a very comprehensive book that should stand the test of time…I recommend book to design and test engineers…as it is likely to be referred to again and again." (

"The authors have developed a logical approach to understanding testing for EMC." (IEEE EMC Society Newsletter, Summer 2006)