ECE 3300: Introduction to Electromagnetics – Labs

Project: Cardiac Pacemaker Communication System

ECE 3300 Course Website


Microwave Lab Equipment Documentation and Tutorials

Students will build and test a wireless communication system that includes design considerations for a cardiac pacemaker. The dielectric properties of the human body will be explored. Transmission line theory will be used to develop the ideas of reflection and transmission in mediums. A matching network for a monopole antenna will be built. The received power from a transmitting antenna embedded in muscle simulant will be measured. The receiving antenna is attached to an amplifier and splitter that detects if 420 or 460 MHz signals are received.

Lab 0 – Writing Lab5625707813_cbdb4ec0a5_b

Lab 0 Prelab

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          Information about the Labs What is Due and When (PDF)

  • Weekly Report Checklist (PDF)(DOC) (NOTE: some weeks only a portion (such as introduction or conclusion) will be emphasized. See individual labs for details)
  • ECE 3300 Lab Overview (PDF)(DOC)

Background information on the purpose and prelab content:

At the end of the labs you will submit a final report, below is more information regarding what is required and how to format your final report. Start the outline of your final report in lab 0 and to it each week as you work on the labs.

Lab 0 Grading Sheet

Lab 1 – Dielectric Materials

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Required Reading:

Reference Material:

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Lab 1 Grading Sheet (includes grading for formal report)

Lab 2 – Transmission Lines and TDR

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Excel template: TDRConverterDtoT.xls

Required Reading:

Reference Materials:


Lab 3 – Matching Antenna Networks

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Required Reading (also included in your Lab Procedure)

Reference Materials

Grading Sheet

Lab 4 – The Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) Algorithm

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Reference Materials:

Grading (No formal report required)


Lab 6 – Communication System

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ECE Microwave Lab MEB 2275 SPLIT A/B GROUP

Required Reading

Bring these to lab with you: