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Inkjet printed dual band antenna for paper UAVs

Jun, S. and Heirons, J. and Sanz-Izquierdo, Benito (2017) Inkjet printed dual band antenna for paper UAVs. In: 2017 11th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP). IEEE, pp. 3452-3456. ISBN 978-1-5090-3742-1. E-ISBN 978-88-907018-7-0. (doi:10.23919/EuCAP.2017.7928707) (KAR id:63477)


A dual band antenna is inkjet-printed and then folded as part of a paper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The patterns of the antenna are reproduced on a standard photo paper substrate using an off the shelf inkjet printer. Readily available cartridges with nanoparticle silver conductive ink are employed. A single-layer planar antenna is fed by coplanar waveguide (CPW). The geometry of the radiating element consists of a semicircle with a centered square slot. In order to examine the effect of bending on performance, the antenna is tested unfolded and then folded when integrated onto the airplane. Two configurations of the folded antenna on the plane are analyzed. The aim is to investigate the feasibility of fabricating foldable antennas for paper airplanes using low-cost inkjet printing techniques. The antenna operates at the existing 2.4 GHz and 5.2 GHz WLAN bands. Finite different time domain simulations compare well with measurement.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.23919/EuCAP.2017.7928707
Uncontrolled keywords: Inkjet printing technology; CPW antenna; Origami; Paper; Conductive ink
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401 Materials engineering and construction
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > TK7800 Electronics > TK7871.6 Antennas and waveguides
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Funders: Organisations -1 not found.
Depositing User: Benito Sanz Izquierdo
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2017 11:03 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 05:15 UTC
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Sanz-Izquierdo, Benito.

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