Masters Theses

Alternative Title

Full wave simulation of an electrostatic discharge generator discharging in air discharge mode into a product
Quantify channel performance utilizing novel time domain convolution method


Dazhao Liu

Keywords and Phrases

Cosimulation; Difference Waveform Distortion Penalty (dWDP); Step response


"In the first section, it introduces a methodology to simulate the currents and fields during an air discharge ESD into a product by combining a linear description of the behavior of the DUT with a non-linear arc resistance equation. The most commonly used test standard IEC 61000-4-2 requires using contact mode discharges to metallic surfaces and air discharge mode to non-conducting surfaces. In contact mode, an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) generator is a linear system. In air discharge mode, a highly non-linear arc is part of the current loop. This paper proposes a method that combines the linear ESD generator full wave model and the non-linear arc model to simulate currents and fields in air discharge mode. Measurements are presented comparing discharge currents and fields for two cases: ESD generator discharges into a ground plane and ESD generator discharges into a small product. In the second section, it presents a novel time domain convolution based methodology to quantify channel performance by calculating difference waveform distortion penalty (dWDP). Instead of using frequency based methodology as indicated in the SFF-8431 standard, the pulse response can be used in convolution to obtain the channel output when a NRZ sequence is transmitted through a channel. However, the proposed method utilizing the step response can significantly reduce the convolution time"--Abstract, page iii.


Fan, Jun, 1971-

Committee Member(s)

Pommerenke, David
Drewniak, James L.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2010


ix, 73 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 89-91).


© 2010 Dazhao Liu, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Electric discharges
Electronic circuits -- Computer simulation
Time-domain analysis

Thesis Number

T 9739

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