Impact evaluation of composite-antenna-structure with embedded dual-band annular ring patch antenna
- Impact evaluation of composite-antenna-structure with embedded dual-band annular ring patch antenna
- Jinyul Kim; Dongseob Kim; Dongsik Shin; Park, WS; Hwang, W
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- In this study, a composite-antenna-structure (CAS) for a dual band of global positioning system (1.575 GHz) and digital multimedia broadcasting (2.63-2.655 GHz) was designed and fabricated as a part of a structural skin. The annular ring antenna type is available in two frequency bands, depending on the critical point view at the feeding and resonant areas. Consequently, the CAS was investigated by impact tests because the efficiency of using a protective layer needed to be confirmed. Embedding an antenna within a structural surface is an excellent way to improve both mechanical efficiency and electrical performance. The measured results not only show the impact characteristics at critical points of this CAS but also the degradation in its electrical performance after the impact test. The experimental results indicated that impact tolerance was significantly increased by the use of composite laminates. The radiation pattern strongly depended on whether composite laminates protected the antenna elements. When 20J of impact energy was applied to the CAS surface, the specimen with the composite laminates gave twice as much contact force. The antenna performance, as measured by the return loss and radiation pattern, remained excellent after the impact tests. These electrical performance results suggest that antennas with composite laminates will function properly despite local damage.
- Composite surface antenna; dual-band antenna; impact behavior; electrical performance; sandwich structures; SMART SKIN STRUCTURES; MICROSTRIP ANTENNA; DESIGN; COMMUNICATION; FABRICATION; TECHNOLOGY; SATELLITE; LAYER
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- Journal of Composite Materials, vol. 46, no. 22, page. 2765 - 2775, 2012-10
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