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Capacitance matrix calculation of a wire conductor line: a new FEM approach

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2 Author(s)
Feliziani, M. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Rome Univ., Italy ; Maradei, F.

An original finite-element approach is presented to calculate the capacitance matrix of a uniform multiconductor wire line. The examined two-dimensional (2-D) domain is discretized by nodal-based triangular elements where the Laplace equation is solved. A new procedure is developed to take into account the presence of the wires, which are assumed to be located in the vertex nodes of the FEM mesh. Through the proposed procedure, the physical dimensions of the wire cross sections are considered modifying the terms of the local stiffness matrix in the finite elements surrounding the wires. A further modification of the local FEM matrices allows one to consider the logarithmic variation of the electrical potential around the wires. The procedure is efficient from a numerical point of view since it avoids the fine discretization of the nonconductive region surrounding the wire while achieving a good numerical accuracy. Numerical examples are given and compared with the analytical solutions for canonical configurations, including wires with a dielectric cover

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Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 3 )