Electromagnetic Compatibility Group
GCEM offers businesses consulting and development services
in relation to technological research and innovation in the field
of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). It has all the necessary
facilities and equipment, as well as the specialised staff, to conduct
electromagnetic compatibility and electrical safety tests.
Its areas of technological expertise include:
Anechoic chamber to conduct radiated emission tests of household and industrial equipment and automotive components, as well as radiated immunity tests up to 30 V/m. The centre also has facilities to perform conducted emission and immunity tests. The chamber dimensions are: 4.6 m long x 3.6 m wide x 2.2 m high.
Effects on living beings
GCEM carries out studies on the effect of electromagnetic fields on living beings for both businesses and private citizens. In each case, it studies the applicable legislation (royal decrees, EU directives, etc.) and compares the measured levels with both national and international recommendations.
GCEM offers consulting services in several areas:
- Design of equipment, systems and facilities.
- Measuring methods and procedures.
- Application of EU directives, international regulations and certification procedures.
- Analysis of the effects of electromagnetic fields on living beings.
- Design and management of EMC laboratories.
EMC numerical simulation
GCEM's current knowledge on numerical simulation can easily be transferred to meet real needs in the electronics and telecommunications sectors. Numerical simulation in the sphere of electromagnetic compatibility has a wide range of applications in electrical and electronic development.
GCEM is part of the UPC Department of Electronic Engineering's research line on electronic and biomedical instrumentation.
GCEM carries out its activities in sectors that use electrical or electronic equipment that might generate or be affected by electromagnetic interference, such as:
GCEM offers consulting services in all these sectors both for electronic design and to determine the applicable regulations for a given piece of equipment. It moreover offers businesses the necessary tools and facilities to conduct electromagnetic compatibility and electrical safety tests.
CENIT project led by SEAT that aims to analyse the new EMC requirements for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Hespérides oceanographic research vessel
Characterisation of the electromagnetic level on the vessel and advice on the installation of new on-board equipment.
Electromagnetic compatibility in aeroplanes
The HIRF-SE European project, which has been carried out over the last four years, has developed numerical simulation methods to assess the electromagnetic compatibility of aeroplanes and helicopters in the design phase and in the final validation for certification. The opportunity to assess the electromagnetic behaviour of the wiring and structure, taking into account the new materials used in aeronautics and before the final prototype of the aircraft is available, helps to considerably shorten the expensive certification and qualification stage.
The UPC’s Electromagnetic Compatibility Group worked on various tasks in this project. It developed post-processing and validation techniques for the simulation results. In addition, it participated in the test campaigns, by carrying out measurements on parts of unmanned helicopters and aeroplanes in the group’s laboratories. In addition, in collaboration with other partners, the group participated in the complete measurements for a helicopter in the facilities of Alenia, the Italian company that is coordinating the project.