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UWB antenna on 3D printed flexible substrate and foot phantom

Jun, S. and Sanz-Izquierdo, Benito and Summerfield, M. (2015) UWB antenna on 3D printed flexible substrate and foot phantom. In: 2015 Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC). IEEE. ISBN 978-1-4799-8942-3. E-ISBN 978-1-4799-8943-0. (doi:10.1109/LAPC.2015.7366100)

Abstract

An ultra-wideband (UWB) monopole antenna on an additive manufactured (AM) flexible substrate for foot wear application is proposed. The 3D printing of foot phantoms for the testing of this type of antennas is also introduced. Inexpensive fuse filament fabrication (FFF) technology is utilized for these developments. Flexible polylactic acid plastic filament (PLA) material is used for the antenna while transparent PLA for the phantom. The antenna is intended for integration into the footwear tongue. The UWB monopole antenna achieves -10dB input impedance matching from 3.1GHz to over 10.6GHz in freespace, on the foot phantom and on the real human body. Simulation and measurement confirm the ultra-wideband operation of the antenna.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/LAPC.2015.7366100
Uncontrolled keywords: 3D printing; Additive manufacturing; wearable antenna; foot wear;
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > TK7800 Electronics > TK7871.6 Antennas and waveguides > TK7871.67.M53 Microwave antennas
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Broadband & Wireless Communications
Depositing User: Benito Sanz-Izquierdo
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 10:28 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 15:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55008 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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