4. Transients, TVS, and Techniques — Protection Demystified
System level electrical disturbances on both power and signal lines represent threats to equipment function and reliability. This session will discuss the sources of electrical surges and transients and the standards typically used to quantify the levels of their threats.
The characteristics of transient protection devices will be presented, along with the common techniques for using them successfully to mitigate these threats.
Rod is a Chartered Engineer having 32 years of industry experience, with special interests in RF/Microwave development. Since 2015 he has been active in defence electronic systems development and Functional Safety (EN 61508, TÜV certified).
After graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 1990 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, he has worked as an electronic engineer in the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries with diverse activities from Digital Audio, RF and Microwave development (including 3D/EM modelling) to university research collaboration.
In 2009, he set up Radiosmith to provide independent design consultancy services and has been involved in radiometric imaging, automotive exterior lighting, medical electronics and capacitive sensing where he has applied his expertise in RF design & test, embedded software (Microchip PIC/AVR), 3D mechanical modelling and PCB layout (experienced Altium user).
Rod became an associate of Cherry Clough Consultants Ltd in 2021 to also provide EMC consultancy services and has enjoyed drawing from his wide electronics and RF design experience when troubleshooting EMI-related problems in products, equipment and systems.