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MIMO LTE Vehicular Antennas on 3D Printed Cylindrical Forms

Sanz-Izquierdo, Benito and Jun, S. and Baydur, T.B. (2015) MIMO LTE Vehicular Antennas on 3D Printed Cylindrical Forms. In: Wideband and Multi-Band Antennas and Arrays for Civil, Security & Military Applications. IEEE. ISBN 978-1-78561-190-2. E-ISBN 978-1-78561-191-9. (doi:10.1049/ic.2015.0145) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

A multi-band antenna suitable for Long-term Evolution (LTE) is shaped around a 3D printed cylindrical form, and arranged in a MIMO configuration. The antenna is based on a planar wideband monopole radiator with an additional resonator for the LTE700 frequency band. Conforming the antenna onto a cylindrical shape reduces its length while keeping performance. It also reduces the space used by the MIMO antenna system. Furthermore, the plastic cylinder improves the mechanical strength of the supporting substrate for the radiating element. The aim is to study the potential of additive manufacturing (AM) of substrates for the development of conformal vehicular antenna. Two antennas have been fabricated, one etched on a copper clad Mylar substrate, and a second painted directly onto the cylindrical form. The two antennas have been measured and the results are compared. Two copper based antennas have been tested in a MIMO configuration. The antennas successfully operate at all LTE and mobile frequency bands. Finite different time domain simulations compare well with measurements.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1049/ic.2015.0145
Uncontrolled keywords: 3D printing; additive manufacturing; vehicle antenna
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
Depositing User: Benito Sanz-Izquierdo
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 15:49 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 08:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57599 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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