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MATERIAL SELECTION OF RF-MEMS SWITCH USED FOR RECONFIGURABLE ANTENNA USING ASHBY'S METHODOLOGY

By A. K. Sharma and N. Gupta

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Abstract:
This paper reports material selection methodology for radio frequency - micro electro mechanical systems (RF-MEMS) switches used for reconfigurable antennas. As there are variety of materials available to design engineer, a proper technique to select the best possible material is needed. Three primary performance indices, pull-in voltage, RF-loss, and thermal residual stress, are used to obtain the desired performance. The selection chart shows that aluminum is the most suitable material for being used as bridge material in RF-MEMS switches to provide the best performance in reconfigurable antenna.

Citation:
A. K. Sharma and N. Gupta, "Material Selection of RF-MEMS Switch Used for Reconfigurable Antenna Using Ashby's Methodology," Progress In Electromagnetics Research Letters, Vol. 31, 147-157, 2012.
doi:10.2528/PIERL12021101

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