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A hybrid electromagnetics (EM)-circuit simulation method employing the discontinuous Galerkin finite element time domain (DGFETD) method is developed to model single lumped port networks comprised of both linear and non-linear elements. The whole computational domain is split into two subsystems: one is the EM subsystem that is analyzed by DGFETD, while another is the circuit subsystem that is modeled by the Modified Nodal Analysis method to generate a circuit subsystem. The coupling between the EM and circuit subsystems is achieved through a lumped port. Due to the local properties of DGFETD operations, only small coupling matrix equation systems are involved. To handle non-linear devices, the standard Newton-Raphson method is applied to the established non-linear matrix equations. Numerical examples are presented to validate the proposed algorithm.
Date of Publication: March 2013