Microwave Filters: Technologies and Practical Design (2014)


Microwave Filters: Class Photograph 2014
Microwave Filters: Class Photograph 2014


Course Information

Dates: 27-31 January 2014

Course code: EEE5117Z/EEE5118Z

Venue: Menzies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Menzies Building (Upper Campus), University of Cape Town


Course Description

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This intensive course is presented over five days and presents a systematic progression of topics from specification and theoretical synthesis, CAD-assisted design and practical manufacturing techniques for microwave filters operating in the frequency ranges of typical radar systems.

This course will be of benefit to all who require a solid foundation in microwave filter design, from basic concepts to advanced topics in filter synthesis and cutting-edge filter technologies. Students will be exposed to world-leading commercial EM software for the analysis of filter designs.


Course Overview

The following topics are covered:

  • How to select filters for various applications according to specifications, frequency ranges, trade-offs
    between performance and size.
  • Filter technologies: planar filters on conventional substrates, multilayer design and packaging
    techniques (LTCC and LCP) including quasi-lumped element filters, machined waveguide filters and
    substrate integrated waveguide, and monolithically integrated filters.
  • Design methods for narrow-band, wideband and multiband filters.
  • Manufacturing techniques, design-for-manufacture considerations, tolerance analysis and repeatability.
  • Full-wave EM solvers and design tools for filter design and optimization.



Riana GeschkeRiana Geschke is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town where she teaches courses in Electromagnetics and Microwave Systems.

Her group’s research activities are focused on single and multilayer planar filters, electronic reconfigurability and filters based on transmission lines with special properties. She participated in the FP7 Marie Curie IRSES MultiWaveS project which focused on Electronically Reconfigurable Multiband Devices and has published a number of journal papers and conference presentations in this field.


Tinus StanderTinus Stander is a Senior Lecturer at the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, Department Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Pretoria.

He heads the mm-Wave Research Laboratory at CEFIM, where he leads research activities on microwave and mm-wave devices on-chip and on hybrid media. Apart from his role in academia, Dr Stander is also a practicing engineering consultant, where he specialises in compact RADAR and EW front-end devices and subsystems.





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