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The Clemson Vehicular Electronics Laboratory (CVEL) conducts targeted research related to automotive and aerospace vehicle electronics including electronic components, circuits, sensors, communications, power distribution and mechatronics with an emphasis on systems integration, electromagnetic compatibility and modeling. The lab is located in the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center on the campus of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). It is equipped to make a wide range of electromagnetic emission and susceptibility measurements. It is also equipped to do real-time RF data collection and processing, as well as diagnostic testing and analysis. CVEL researchers specialize in the electromagnetic modeling and measurement of highly complex electronic components and systems.

Automotive Electronics and Electronic Systems Integration Aerospace Electronics (Avionics)  Electromagnetic Compatibility and Electromagnetic Interference Electromagnetic Modeling, Computational Electromagnetics
Automotive Electronics Tutorials, Tools, Research and Products Aerospace Electronics Tutorials, Tools, Research and Products EMI/EMC Tutorials, Tools, Research and Products EM Modeling Tutorials, Tools, Research and Products

Site Organization

This site has four main sections. The automotive electronics section includes tutorials and information relevant to electronic systems in cars, trucks, tanks, submarines, ships and various other land and water vehicles powered by gasoline, fuel cells, batteries or hybrid systems. The aerospace electronics section is devoted to electronics in air and space vehicles. Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) plays an extremely important role is the development and maintenance of the electronic systems in all vehicular designs and therefore an entire section of the web site is devoted to EMC and the control of conducted and radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI), including intentional electromagnetic interference (IEMI). This section includes links to several tutorials and a collection of "EMC Design Guidelines" on the LearnEMC website. Finally there is a section devoted to electromagnetic modeling. Computational electromagnetic modeling tools are becoming an increasingly important part of the automotive and aerospace electronics design process. This section describes the tools that are available and provides tutorial information for people who are just getting started in EM modeling.

Information on our laboratory can be accessed using the links in the sidebar on the left. These links include descriptions of some of our current projects as well as an overview of our staff, facilities and services.

News Items of Interest

What's New at CVEL

The NSF I/UCRC for EMC now offers Associate Memberships! Now it is easier for small companies to participate in the EMC Center with full participation rights. Associate members do not define or direct projects, but their input can help to ensure that projects are relevant and useful to a wider range of companies. Associate members have full access to all project results and participate in center meetings.

The inductance calculator has been updated. It can now display calculated inductances greater than 10 H, and displays all inductances greater than 1000 nH using exponential notation.

All of the CVEL Technical Reports with unrestricted distribution published since 2006 are now available online.

The Automotive Electronic Systems pages have been significantly updated for 2014.

The Automotive EMC Standards and Commercial EMC Standards pages have been updated for 2014.

A new calculator for plotting the step response of an RLC circuit has been added to the EMC page.

If you'd like to know more about what we've been up to lately, here are slides from recent presentations:

Automotive Electronics Presentations

Vehicle Electronics Research at CU-ICAR
Presented at 2013 Clemson AuE Faculty Retreat

Device Detection and Monitoring of Unintentional Radiated Emissions

Ensuring the Electromagnetic Compatibility of Safety Critical Automotive Systems
Presented in the plenary session of the 2011 Asia-Pacific Symposium on EMC.

Simulations for Improved Performance of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
Presented at the EMC Europe Symposium in September 2010.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Presentations

How EMC Engineers use Computer Modeling Tools Productively
Keynote presentation at the 30th Annual Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics (ACES 2014).

Design for Guaranteed EMC Compliance
Presented at an EMC Center meeting, April 2013.

Methods for Reducing Emissions from Switching Power Circuits
Presented at an EMC Center meeting, May 2012.

Estimating the Maximum Radiated Electromagnetic Emissions from Complex Systems
Presented at the EUROEM 2008 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 2008.

Building IC Models Based on Measurements and Using These Models Productively
Presented at the 6th International Workshop on the Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits (EMC Compo 07)
Turin, Italy, November 28, 2007

Using Electric and Magnetic "Moments" to Characterize IC Coupling to Cables and Enclosures
Presented at the 6th International Workshop on the Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits (EMC Compo 07) Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits
Turin, Italy, November 28, 2007.

(last update: August 11, 2014 )

Contact Us

If you have comments or suggestions, please contact us at CVEL-L@clemson.edu.