80220162 (Electromagnetic Transient Analysis)

Course Name: Electromagnetic Transient Analysis

Course Number: 80220162

Program: Graduate program

Type: Elective

Credits: 2

Term Offered: Spring

Prerequisite(s): Linear Algebra, Calculus, Electric Circuit Theory, Electromagnetics.

Instructor(s): Jinliang He


Jinliang He, Analysis of Conductive Electromagnetic Transients, Lecture Note. Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University.


Frederick M. Tesche, Michal V. Ianoz, Torbjörn Karlsson. EMC analysis methods and computational models. New York: Wiley and Sons, 1997.

Bruce Archambeault, Colin Brench, Omar M. Ramahi. EMI/EMC computational modeling handbook. Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001

C. R. Paul. Analysis of Multiconductor Transmission Lines. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1994.

Course Description:

This course deals with the simulation method of electromagnetic transients, which is ubiquitous in applications as diverse as power system transients, IC design, and electromagnetic compatibility. This course mainly concentrates on the numerical theories underlying the electromagnetic transient program (EMTP), and also gives an introduction to the state-of-the-art and advanced methods.

Course Objectives and Outcomes:

Numbers in brackets are linked to department educational outcomes.

1.Students will be able to understand the electromagnetic transients on multi-conductor transmission lines from the perspective of wave propagation theory. [1, 3]

2.Students will learn different numerical methods implemented in EMTP for the simulation of multi-conductor transmission lines. [5, 6, 7, 10, 11]

3.Students will learn the techniques used in the simulation of frequency-dependent phenomena. More specifically, they will understand the theories of vector fitting, z-transform, and Padé approximation. [3, 10, 11]

4.Students will learn the numerical methods for simulating nonlinear and time-variant components, such as ideal switch, surge arrester, and power electronics. [3, 10]

5.Students will be able to use the finite-difference time-domain method to study multi-conductor transmission line system. [3, 10]

6.Students will be introduced to the sate-of-the-art methods and the unresolved issues in electromagnetic transient analysis. [3, 10]

Course Topics:

1. Wave propagation theory of transients on transmission line.

2. Evaluation of the distributed parameters of transmission line.

3. Basic method for simulating a single-conductor transmission line.

4. Numerical simulation of multi-conductor transmission line.

5. Modeling of nonlinear component and ideal switch

6. Modeling of the electric arc in electromagnetic transient simulation.

7. Transient analysis of frequency-dependent transmission lines.

8. Transient analysis of different cables.

9. Electromagnetic models of power transformer, secondary transformer, and rotational motor.

10.Electromagnetic models of power electronics and their control module.

11.Time-domain simulation of transmission line

12.FDTD simulation of transmission line

13.Applications of electromagnetic transient analysis

14.Modeling of transmission line with distributed electromagnetic excitation.

Experiment(s): Numerical experiments, which is the entitled as projects as follows.


FDTD Simulation of Transmission lines

Understand the physics of wave propagation on transmission lines and learn the techniques of handling frequency-dependent parameters.

Simulation of Grounding Electrodes Considering Nonlinear Effects

   Understand the electromagnetic transients of grounding electrodes and learn about the techniques of handling nonlinear effects.

Simulation of Large Grounding Grids

  Understand the electromagnetic transients in large grounding grids and learn the methods of designing user-defined electric components in EMTDC.

Model of High-voltage Transformer at a Wide-Frequency Range

   Learn different methods of modeling HV transformers and get familiar with rational fitting techniques.

Model of Insulator Under Fast and Slow Surge Voltages

Understand the physics of leader development on insulator and learn the techniques of handling time-variant components.

Course Assessment:

Class performance and homework. 30 points.

Final project and presentation. 30 points.

Final Test. 40 points.