Technique for analyzing radiation from conformal antennas mounted on arbitrarily-shaped conducting bodies

Dean Arakaki, Douglas Henry Werner, Raj Mittra

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This paper presents an efficient method to solve the problem of radiation from conformal aperture and microstrip antennas mounted on arbitrarily shaped conducting bodies. The method, based on the surface equivalence and reciprocity principles, uses a combination of the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) and Method of Moments (MoM) techniques to substantially improve the computational efficiency of the radiation pattern calculation. When the geometry and location of the radiating element are modified, only a small portion of the overall analysis requires re-simulation. This leads to a significant improvement in computational efficiency over presently used techniques, and can substantially improve design efficiency when included in an optimization loop. The technique is first validated by solving two canonical problems, namely a thin slot which is oriented either axially or azimuthally on an infinitely long, perfectly conducting cylinder. Finally, patterns are computed for a cavity-backed elliptical patch antenna mounted on an infinite-length PEC cylinder and compared to patterns computed by an alternate method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium:Transmitting Waves of Progress to the Next Millennium, Held in Conjunction with: USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, AP-S/URSI 2000
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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