Investigation of microwave active elements embedded in composite structures

Thomas C. Baum, Kamran Ghorbani, Richard W. Ziolkowski, Kelvin J. Nicholson

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Abstract

Multifunctional structures have become popular within the past decade as they allow for more efficient utilization of limited real-estate available on many civilian and military platforms. Taking structures and electromagnetics, one can marry these two fields to produce a weight optimized loadbearing microwave structure which may ideally be suited for unmanned aerial systems. This paper investigates the use of textile processes to develop loadbearing smart skins built into a class of structural conformal composite materials called pre-pregs (resin pre-impregnated fabrics). An example of an active UWB mini-circuits ERA-4SM+ (0-4 GHz) amplifier has been investigated within a 48 g.m-2 pre-preg structural glass material (HexPly914E). This amplifier has been embroidered and cured at 170°C in an autoclave at 700 kPa pressure. Its performance before and after curing has been examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509006984
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 9 2016
Event2016 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: May 22 2016May 27 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest
Volume2016-August
ISSN (Print)0149-645X

Other

Other2016 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period5/22/165/27/16

Keywords

  • Composites
  • UWB amplifiers
  • multifunctional structures
  • pregtronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Baum, T. C., Ghorbani, K., Ziolkowski, R. W., & Nicholson, K. J. (2016). Investigation of microwave active elements embedded in composite structures. In 2016 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2016 [7540367] (IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest; Vol. 2016-August). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/MWSYM.2016.7540367