Modeling and Simulation of RF Circuits

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Modeling and Simulation of RF Circuits

Course Description

Radio-frequency (RF) circuits come in a wide variety of architectures, performing a myriad of functions over a very wide possible range of frequencies. No single technique serves all of the needs of all of the possible circuits. Do you need to perform modeling and simulation of RF circuits, but don’t know the advantages and disadvantages of the different techniques or the commercially available software packages? Then this Modeling and Simulation of RF Circuits course is for you. This class presents the spectrum of RF circuit modeling and simulation options from the perspectives of both theory and practical commercially available tools. Significant time will be spent with several modeling software packages and you will have access to both a computer and the software.

Course Content


  • Review passive and active circuit architectures
  • Emphasis on how the circuit architecture may drive the simulation tool need


  • Examine the requirements for EM analysis for RF circuits
  • Explore the techniques and differences between the primary numerical approaches: TLM, Harmonic Balance, MoM, FEM, and Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD)


  • Explore several inexpensive approaches that can either be written personally or obtained via share-ware.
  • Complete hands-on computer labs using several commercially available packages including Keysight’s Advanced Design System (ADS) and Momentum, Ansys’ High Frequency Electromagnetic Field Simulation (HFSS), and Computer Simulation Technology’s (CST) Microwave Studio.
Requirements & Materials


Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, technicians, and project managers who need to perform modeling and simulation of RF circuits.

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What You Will Learn

  • A range of modeling approaches for RF circuits
  • S-parameter component models
  • Transmission Line Method (TLM), Harmonic Balance Method, Finite Element Method (FEM), Finite Integration Method and Method of Moments (MoM)
  • Active circuit modeling approaches to address noise, compression, and harmonics
  • SPICE nodal analysis, spreadsheet analyses for circuits, and full-wave modeling approaches
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How You Will Benefit

  • Learn the wide range of simulation approaches.
  • Gain an understanding of which techniques are most appropriate for specific RF circuit modeling needs.
  • Experience several modeling approaches and commercial tools through hands-on modeling lab exercises.
  • Access to all software and individual computers throughout the duration of the course.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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