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2021-03-08 PIER C Vol. 110, 229-241, 2021.

Antenna Using a Magnetic-Slab Located in the Principal Magnetic-Field Region Beneath the Patch

Ignacio J. Garcia Zuazola, Ashwani Sharma, Misha Filip, and William G. Whittow

This paper presents an analysis of microstrip patch antennas with different dielectric/magnetic substrate profiles in an attempt to obtain operating frequency reduction. Initially, different ridge shapes in the substrate were examined. An in-depth investigation of the ridge shape and its dimensions on the antenna performance has been carried out. Subsequently an antenna with a magnetic-slab loaded in the prime magnetic-field region beneath the patch is proposed. The new magnetic loaded antenna design is aimed to reduce the resonant frequency of a conventional patch and reduce the profile of an earlier design with a substrate ridge. Various magnetic materials have been embedded within the original dielectric substrate of the patch antenna. Measured results validated the hypothesis that this frequency can be reduced by placing magnetic materials at the centre of the patch. The achieved gain is expected to be further enhanced by using forthcoming magnetic materials with improved performance.

2021-03-07 PIER C Vol. 110, 213-227, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21010401

Simulation Study of a High-Order Mode BWO with Multiple Inclined Rectangular Electron Beams

Fengzhen Zhang, Weilong Wang, Zhaochuan Zhang, and Dongping Gao

A backward wave oscillator (BWO) operating at the high-order mode (HOM) with multiple inclined rectangular electron beams (IRBs) is presented in this article. The BWO operating at the HOM with multiple IRBs (HOM IRB BWO) is driven by multiple IRBs. Compared with typical BWOs, the slow wave structure of the HOM IRB BWO is an overmoded metal-grating rectangular waveguide (OGRWG). The mode competition of the slow-wave device operating at the HOM is analyzed according to the ohmic losses of different modes of the OGRWG slow wave structure and multiple beams exciting. The analysis is verified by simulation. Two kinds of HOM-fundamental mode converters (MCs) are designed for converting the HOM generated by the HOM IRB BWO into the fundamental mode. The beam-wave interaction of the HOM IRB BWOs with the HOM-fundamental MC is studied. The results show that the mode competition does not occur; frequency spectrums of output signals are pure; the HOM is converted into the fundamental mode effectively.

2021-03-03 PIER C Vol. 110, 197-212, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21010505

Dynamically Switched Dual-Band Dual-Polarized Dual-Sense Low-Profile Compact Slot Circularly Polarized Antenna Assisted with High Gain Reflector for Sub-6 GHz and X-Band Applications

Asutosh Mohanty and Bikash Ranjan Behera

A low-profile compact uni-planar slot antenna design of size 26 mm × 26 mm is proposed, assisted with a metallic bottom reflector at a height of λ/6 (λ is the lowest CP frequency). The dual-band dual-polarization is observed at 6.2 GHz and 9.3 GHz, and polarization sense (LHCP and RHCP) is dynamically switched by introducing a pair of RF p-i-n diodes mounted at the confluence of right-slot (RS) and left-slot (LS). The metallic reflector of size 60 mm × 60 mm helps to improve overall impedance matching, enhance antenna gain and asserts uni-directional dual-polarized radiation with good back-lobe suppression. The proposed antenna operates at dual bands (5.46-6.76 GHz) with 21.27% IBW and (8.18-10.48 GHz) with 24.65% IBW for S11 < -10 dB. The antenna gain reaches (7.82-8.75 dBi) for D1-OFF, D2-ON state with (9.2%, 15.63%) axial bandwidths and (6.42-7.0 dBi) for D1-ON, D2-OFF state with (7.53%, 16.04%) axial bandwidths with radiation efficiency ranging (75-87%). A prototype antenna is fabricated and measured, which shows good agreements with simulated performances and can be used for sub-6 GHz in 5G applications and X-band radar systems.

2021-02-27 PIER C Vol. 110, 181-195, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21012204

Tunable Triple Band-Notched UWB Antenna Using Single EBG and Varactor Diode

Vijay Ramesh Kapure, Pramod P. Bhavarthe, and Surendra S. Rathod

In this paper, a UWB monopole antenna with triple band-notch characteristics using single TBMV-EBG (Triple band multi-via electromagnetic bandgap) unit cell is proposed and demonstrated. The antenna with a fork-type radiating patch with TBMV-EBG is simulated using Ansys HFSS. Measurement results show triple band-notches at 3.39, 5.78, and 8.60 GHz, respectively, which are in good agreement with simulation results. The proposed antenna has bi-directional pattern in E-plane and omnidirectional pattern in H-plane. Moreover, tunable characteristics of the proposed antenna using a single varactor diode are also presented. By changing the capacitance of varactor, the band-notched antenna is effectively tuned from 2.69-3.46, 5.71-7.84, and 8.40-8.50 GHz. The same antenna structure can be operated at different band notching modes depending upon the varactor's capacitance. Therefore, the proposed UWB antenna will prove to be a promising candidate wherein multi-band rejections using single TBMV-EBG unit cell and reconfiguration using one varactor diode are desirable.

2021-02-24 PIER C Vol. 110, 167-179, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21010804

A Vibration Energy Recovery Method with Application to a Semi-Active Suspension System

Yiquan Sun, Qingzhang Chen, Wenye Wu, and Linlin Gao

This paper proposes a method to recover vibration energy from a semi-active suspension system which is composed by a magneto rheological damper in parallel with a power regeneration mechanism. Central to the concept is a parity-time-symmetric (PT symmetric) circuit that is capable of providing high efficiency transmission of power and minimizing electromagnetic damping force of the power regeneration mechanism. Simulation results are presented to demonstrate the electromagnetic damping force of the power regeneration mechanism having little impact on suspension system and verify the possibility of energy recovery. The proposed control strategy pays close attention to inertial force of the power regeneration mechanism which produces indicator diagram hysteresis. To evaluate the performance brought about by the proposed method, the semi-active suspension utilizing the PT symmetric circuit is compared to the load resistance circuit. And the semi-active suspension system is implemented on a quarter car test bench to demonstrate its feasibility on a typical sine road surface.

2021-02-23 PIER C Vol. 110, 151-165, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21012002

A Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer Using Metamaterial-Based Transmitter

Jiropast Suakaew and Wanchai Pijitrojana

Dynamic Wireless Power Transmission has attracted attention in the research area due to its safety, convenience, and automation. However, the major limitation in achieving this vision is its working distance. In this paper, the metamaterial (MM) based transmitter WPT with zero permeability is presented and compared with an inductive WPT system. The comparative simulations and experimental investigations validate the effectiveness of the proposed design. The system efficiencies are determined at the distances of 8 cm, 11 cm, and 16 cm between the transmitter and receiver (SAE J2954) with an operating frequency of 20 kHz. The power transfer efficiency (PTE) of the WPT system using an inductive transmitter and the WPT system using an MM-based transmitter is shown as 85/87%, 65/70%, 45/65%, respectively. The PTE of the MM-based transmitter is 64% higher than an inductive transmitter at a 16 cm distance. The robot without a battery moves dynamically along the track with the MM-based transmitter underneath. The results show that the power transfer efficiency of the MM-based transmitter is considerably higher than that of the inductive transmitter.

2021-02-23 PIER C Vol. 110, 135-150, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC20113004

Millimeter-Wave Tightly-Coupled Phased Array with Integrated MEMS Phase Shifters

Anas J. Abumunshar, Kubilay Sertel, and Niru K. Nahar

A low-loss electronic beam steering model is presented in this paper based on tightly-coupled dipole array topology for satellite communications applications for K through Ka-band (18-40) GHz. The array is low-profile having < 3.4 mm height and printed on an affordable single-layered PCB. As proof-of-concept, a 4 × 4-element, single polarized array is fabricated and measured showing (18-40) GHz (VSWR < 2) continual band coverage. A compact, low-loss electronic beam steering architecture for moderate bandwidth arrays is also utilized for beam steering. A 2-bits tunable phase shifter, spanning over (18-30) GHz with IL < 2.5 dB, is developed using micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology. The phase shifter is integrated at the array elements resulting in reduced size, cost, and complexity of the feeding network. A full-wave simulation of the 4 × Infinite array with the integrated MEMS phase shifter is conducted to prove the concept.

2021-02-22 PIER C Vol. 110, 119-133, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21011405

Metasurface Superstrate Inspired Printed Monopole Antenna for RF Energy Harvesting Application

Bikash Ranjan Behera, Priya Ranjan Meher, and Sanjeev Kumar Mishra

In this paper, a metasurface superstrate-inspired broadband circularly polarized (CP) printed monopole antenna is investigated. To achieve broadband circular polarization and directional radiation pattern, a circle-shaped monopole radiator with asymmetrical staircased partial ground loaded with metasurface is introduced. It is fed by a 50-Ω microstrip feedline and is fabricated on an FR-4 substrate, having overall dimension of 1.25λ0 × 1.66λ0 × 0.02λ0 at f = 5 GHz. The metasurface antenna exhibits a measured impedance bandwidth of 5 GHz (1.85-6.85 GHz, 114.9%), axial bandwidth of 910 MHz (4.09-5 GHz, 20.02%) with average CP antenna gain of 6.82 dBic, directional radiation pattern and consistent antenna efficiency of > 85.65% in the desired frequency bands. Time domain characteristics i.e. group delay is obtained within 2 ns in the operating frequency bands. Due to its design process and attainment of broadband CP, higher antenna gain and directional radiation pattern in the broadside direction, it is extended for RF energy harvesting. The proposed metasurface antenna is integrated with a rectifier circuit, where RF-to-DC conversion efficiency (η0) and DC output voltage (Vout) are analyzed by using ADS circuit solver.

2021-02-22 PIER C Vol. 110, 103-117, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC20120501

Triple Band Dual Sense Circularly Polarized Ceramic Based Antenna: Exploring Conceptual Design Methodology

Anand Sharma, Gourab Das, and Ravi Kumar Gangwar

In this communication, conceptual design guidelines for a tri-band dual sense circularly polarized ceramic-based antenna is explored. An asymmetrical S-shaped aperture is used to stimulate the ring-shaped ceramic. Some exclusive features are obtained in the designed antenna: (i) creation of five different hybrid modes (HEM11δ, HEM11δ+2, HEM12δ-like, HEM12δ, and HEM13δ) is helpful for getting dual wideband impedance bandwidth; (ii) proposed aperture assists in achieving CP waves in three different frequency ranges with two different senses. Its experimental results confirm the simulated outcomes. The proposed antenna is operated within the dual-frequency ranges i.e. 2.2-4.19 GHz and 4.74-6.11 GHz, respectively. The measured 3-dB axial ratio is achieved in three different frequency ranges within the operating band i.e. 2.71-2.98 GHz, 3.6-3.79 GHz, and 5.5-5.81 GHz, respectively. The proposed antenna design is left-handed circularly polarized (LHCP) in the first and third frequency ranges, while it is right-handed in the second one. These features, along with broadsided far-field patterns, recommend the proposed antenna design for potential application in WLAN (2.4/5.5 GHz) and WiMAX (3.3/5.0 GHz) wireless networks.

2021-02-21 PIER C Vol. 110, 91-102, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC20121202

Design of Dual-Band Conformal AMC Integrated Antenna for SAR Reduction in WBAN

Bidisha Hazarika, Banani Basu, and Arnab Nandi

A wearable, miniaturized, dual-band, Artificial Magnetic Conductor (AMC) integrated antenna operating on ISM band (2.38-2.47 GHz) and WLAN band (5.11-5.31 GHz) is proposed for Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN). A dumbbell shaped unit-cell is designed to achieve zero reflection phase and modified material characteristics. When 2×2 array of dumbbell shaped AMC is put underneath the monopole, the antenna gain increases up to 9.5 dB and 8.1 dB at 2.43 GHz and 5.2 GHz respectively. Different bending conditions have been considered to confirm the robustness of the AMC antenna. Debye model is used to approximate the dielectric properties within phantom tissue model. Antenna shields most of the backward radiation and reduces the specific absorption rate (SAR) of the integrated antenna by more than 95% in 1-g of phantom hand tissues at both the frequencies. The acquired results exhibit that the AMC antenna is more secure for on body applications.

2021-02-20 PIER C Vol. 110, 81-89, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21010402

Gain Flattening of Wideband FPC Antenna Using Elliptical and Rectangular Slotted AMC Layers

Nayana Chaskar, Shishir Digamber Jagtap, Rajashree Thakare, and Rajiv Kumar Gupta

In this paper, the gain flattening of a wideband Fabry-Perot cavity (FPC) antenna, using truncated partially reflecting surface (PRS) and slotted elliptical and rectangular shape artificial magnetic conductor (AMC) layers is proposed. FPC is fed using a metal plated microstrip antenna (MSA) which comprises three layers-elliptical slotted rectangular AMC-I layer, truncated PRS layer, and rectangular slotted elliptical AMC-II layer. AMC-II layer is designed complementary to AMC-I layer to obtain gain variation < 1dB over wide frequency band. Elliptical shaped AMC-II and truncated PRS reduce the reflected fields towards ground and thus improve front to back lobe ratio (F/B) and side lobe level (SLL). These layers resonate at higher frequency and thus reduce gain variation and couple electromagnetically with MSA and AMC-I layer to provide wide bandwidth (BW). The proposed antenna provides S11 < -10 dB, 17.2 dBi peak gain with gain variation < 1.2 dB over 5.7-6.4 GHz frequency band, which covers 5.725-5.875 GHz ISM and 5.9-6.4 GHz satellite uplink C band. Broadside radiation patterns have SLL < -19 dB, cross polarization (CPL) < -17 dB, and F/B > 20 dB with wide 3 dB gain BW of 15.2%. The overall antenna dimensions are 2.3λ0x2.75λ0x0.5λ0, where λ0 is the free space wavelength corresponding to 5.8 GHz, central frequency of ISM frequency band. The measured results of the prototype fabricated structure agree with simulation ones.

2021-02-19 PIER C Vol. 110, 67-80, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21010403

Dual Coaxial Probes in Transmission Inserted by Dielectric with Two Different Thicknesses to Extract the Material Complex Relative Permittivity: Discontinuity Impacts

Franck Moukanda Mbango, Fabien Ndagijimana, and Aubin Lauril Lomanga Okana

After a thorough investigation, this paper introduces a novel and simple radiofrequency material characterization technique. For this study's purposes, two probes were developed and separated by the sample under test (SUT) with an inhomogeneous test cell. Furthermore, the discontinuity impacts at the probe, SUT interfaces, were also studied. The investigation uses the transmission process through the principle of two different SUT thicknesses to measure its relative permittivity and loss tangent. The technique is based on using the lumped elements of an equivalent circuit of the entire test cell and covers 1 MHz-2 GHz. With the SUT, placed between two metal probes and another metallization, placed under its thickness on an opposite side to improve the loss tangent acquisition level, the cascading chain matrix (CCM) is used to get the final parameters. The thickness changing makes it possible to overcome the contact interface effects probe-sample. A mathematical model has also been presented through the fitting procedure. The new technique has been validated with three materials: Rogers RO4003C, FR-4 HTG-175, and Alumina 99.6%. The SUT complex relative permittivity extraction makes the new approach suitable for the telecommunication industry and many others. The method is also ideal for materials with thickness sizing up to 3 mm around.

2021-02-17 PIER C Vol. 110, 55-66, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC20120602

Miniature Folded Dipole in Rotational Symmetry for Metal Tag Design

Shao-Ming Chiang, Tong-Lin Lee, Eng Hock Lim, Pei-Song Chee, Yong Hong Lee, Fwee-Leong Bong, Yeong-Nan Phua, and Boon-Kuan Chung

In this paper, a miniature folded dipole is proposed for designing a metal-mountable UHF RFID tag. The proposed tag antenna is low in profile and it has a compact size of 40 mm × 40 mm ×3.1 mm (0.12λ × 0.12λ × 0.009λ). Folding the dipole arms into a two-fold rotational symmetrical style can miniaturize the tag footprint for achieving high compactness. It has been found that the capacitive coupling mechanism between the rotational symmetrical radiating arms is effective in enhancing the vertical radiation, which subsequently improves the achievable read distance in the boresight direction. Also, an incorporated circular loop can provide additional inductance for achieving good impedance matching with the RFID chip. For the proposed tag antenna, a full ground plane is inserted underneath the radiator for isolating it from the backing metal, making the tag tolerant to the metallic platform. The proposed tag antenna is able to achieve a maximum read distance of 7 m at 4 W EIRP when it is tested on metal.

2021-02-16 PIER C Vol. 110, 39-54, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC20122401

Split Ring Slot Loaded Compact CPW-Fed Printed Monopole Antennas for Ultra-Wideband Applications with Band Notch Characteristics

Kavneet Kaur, Ashwani Kumar, and Narinder Sharma

A compact CPW-fed ultra-wideband monopole antennas with band notch characteristics using Split Ring Slots (SRSs) are proposed in this manuscript. Initially, the antenna is designed by using a rectangular shaped patch, and it has been modified to obtain enhanced impedance bandwidth (VSWR ≤ 2) throughout the entire UWB frequency range. Further, the notch band element (split ring slot) has been introduced in the geometry of proposed antenna to generate the band rejection at WLAN frequency centered at 5.3 GHz (5.15-5.81 GHz). Another antenna has been designed by varying the dimensions of SRS to get the rejection of frequency at an X-band satellite communication system centered at 7.4 GHz (7.16-7.71 GHz). The overall size of proposed UWB antennas is compact (18 × 18 mm2), and it is designed on a low cost FR4 glass epoxy substrate with 1.6 mm thickness and 4.4 dielectric constant. The proposed antennas with and without a notch filter are designed by using HFSS V13 simulator and fabricated for the validation of simulated results. Experimental and simulated results are compared and found in reasonable agreement with each other.

2021-02-16 PIER C Vol. 110, 27-38, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21010706

A Permittivity Measurement Method Based on Back Propagation Neural Network by Microwave Resonator

Honggang Hao, De-Xu Wang, and Zhu Wang

In order to solve the problem of the poor performance of the traditional microwave resonance method in multi-parameter fitting data processing, a permittivity measurement method based on Back Propagation (BP) Neural Network algorithm is proposed, which introduces the Neural Network algorithm in data processing of microwave resonance method for the first time. In order to verify the effectiveness of this method in measuring permittivity, a microstrip line structure is used as a microwave resonator. It achieves high sensitivity (4.62%) by loading periodically arranged open resonant rings. On this structure, the reflection coefficients S11 of different material samples are simulated as the data of neural network. The amplitude and phase of S11 and resonant frequency f are taken as the input layer of the neural network, respectively. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss are taken as the output to establish the neural network model. The simulated and measured results show that the dielectric constant and dielectric loss calculated by the model are basically consistent with the data provided by the manufacturer. The relative error of the dielectric constant is less than 0.6%, and the error of the dielectric loss is less than 0.0005. Compared with the traditional data processing of microwave resonance method, the introduction of BP neural network algorithm can significantly improve the accuracy of dielectric constant measurement.

2021-02-16 PIER C Vol. 110, 15-26, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC20123106

Analysis of a Nonlinear Magnetic Coupling Wireless Power Transfer System

Meng Wang, Li Ren, Yanyan Shi, Weina Liu, and Hao Ran Wang

In near-field energy transmission, it has been proved that magnetic coupling wireless power transfer (MC-WPT) is a promising energy transmission method. Traditionally, the MC-WPT system is established based on a linear resonant circuit. Recently, it has been reported that nonlinear MC-WPT system shows more advantages. However, nonlinear characteristics of the nonlinear MC-WPT system are not fully recovered. In this paper, a nonlinear MC-WPT system which can be described by Duffing equation is presented. The mathematical model of the equivalent circuit is developed. The related nonlinear characteristics under the impact of driving force are investigated. It is found that the driving force has a direct impact on the system performance. The operation of the nonlinear MC-WPT system varies from periodic sinusoidal state to periodic non-sinusoidal state even to chaotic state when the driving force increases. It should be mentioned that the chaotic state should be avoided. Generally, the MC-WPT system should be operated in periodic sinusoidal state which only covers a small range of driving force. For the system operated in periodic non-sinusoidal state, a waveform correcting circuit is designed. The simulated and experimental results show that the restriction of the driving force on the operation of the system is eliminated with a waveform correcting circuit added. It is possible for the nonlinear MC-WPT system to be operated in a much wider range.

2021-02-11 PIER C Vol. 110, 1-14, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC20121101

Applicability Analysis of the Phase Scanning in Antenna Arrays of Chirp Pulse Radars

Volodymyr G. Galushko and Dmytro M. Vavriv

In this paper, the space-and-time structure of the output signal of the antenna array (AA) of a chirp pulse radar is investigated in dependence on the frequency sweep range of the probe signal. Expressions are derived for calculating the output signals of the AA of a chirp pulse radar after optimal filtering in the case of beamforming using phase shifters and/or time-delay lines. Distortions of the space-time power pattern pertaining to the phase scanning method are analyzed in dependence on the frequency chirp range and scan angle. It is shown that these distortions are similar to the effects observed in the case of using taper windows for sidelobe suppression in the time and space (angular) domains. Based on the results obtained an applicability condition is suggested for the phase scanning in AAs of chirp pulse radars. It is shown that minor violations of this condition result in decreasing the amplitude and broadening of the main lobe and sidelobes in the AA space-time power pattern. In the case of strong violations of the applicability condition for the phase scanning the sidelobes of the angular directional pattern degrade, merging with the main one into a single quite broad maximum. The considered effects lead to deterioration of the range and azimuth resolution capabilities of radars and should be taken into account when selecting the taper window parameters.