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Technical Tidbit - October 2015
Techniques for Investigating the Effects of ESD on Electronic Equipment

Pulsed noise injection into a PCB trace

Figure 1.
EFT Generated by a Power Supply
Vertical = 1 Amp/div, Horizontal = 1usec/div

Abstract: ESD problems at the system level can be difficult to track down. This article links my paper written for the Institute of Physics Electrostatics Symposium in Southampton, England in April 2015 on ESD troubleshooting at the system level which can simplify the process.

Figure 1 shows injecting pulsed noise inductively into a PCB trace, one of the techniques described in the paper along with several techniques including capacitive coupling of noise into cables and high pass filtering of the ESD simulator current waveform.

My Institute of Physics paper "Techniques for Investigating the Effects of ESD on Electronic Equipment," is available on this website, click here to view or download a copy.

Summary: Troubleshooting ESD problems can be simplified by using the techniques outlined in my Institute of Physics paper.

Links in this article:
  1. "Techniques for Investigating the Effects of ESD on Electronic Equipment," Douglas C. Smith, Institute of Physics Electrostatics Symposium, Southampton, England, April 2015.
  2. Fischer Custom Communications F-65 current probe

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