This work discusses the design of a microstrip patch antenna and its use as an orientation-agnostic radiator in an origami-inspired folding antenna array. The antenna is based on a perturbed circular patch design that is impedance matched to reside in a radial feed network for a 2 × 2 array. This 2 × 2 array can be switched to provide sum and difference pattern behaviour. Both the feed network and the ground plane are modified to enable folding of the structure according to the Miura-ori pattern. The performance of a circularly polarised array is evaluated for a comprehensive range of fold angles to evaluate the impact of physical reconfiguration. Results for a simulated and fabricated circularly polarised array are provided for a 3 GHz design.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering