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2016-02-09

Practical Investigation of Different Possible Textile Unit Cell for a C-Band Portable Textile Reflectarray Using Conductive Thread

By Muhammad M. Tahseen and Ahmed A. Kishk
Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, Vol. 66, 15-29, 2016
doi:10.2528/PIERB15091704

Abstract

Investigation of a unit cell in terms of reflected wave amplitude and phase, for designing linearly polarized single layer Textile-Reflectarray (TRA) at C-band, is presented. The relative dielectric constant of the material is extracted using resonance method, and a WLAN antenna is designed to verify the accuracy of extracted material parameter. An error of 5% is observed in the extracted dielectric constant, when performance of WLAN antenna is measured at WI-FI Band (2.4 GHz). The extracted dielectric constant is used in the unit cell designing for TRA at the C-Band (5.8 GHz). The radiating element is made using laying technique with conductive thread. A square patch with a ring is selected after analyzing multiple geometries of the patch providing the required reflected phase range and low losses. By varying size of patch and ring of single layer unit cell in CST periodic environment, reflected phase range of 360 degree is achieved, which is required for RA designing. The solid copper ground plane at the bottom of unit cell is replaced with conductive shielded fabric with high level signal attenuation. Four different sizes of textile unit cells are fabricated using conductive thread, and the reflected phase and amplitude are measured using waveguide method. The simulated and measured results are compared when solid copper ground plane at the bottom of unit cell has been replaced with shielded fabric. The proposed method provides the first step towards designing flexible high gain textile reflectarrays.

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Muhammad M. Tahseen and Ahmed A. Kishk, "Practical Investigation of Different Possible Textile Unit Cell for a C-Band Portable Textile Reflectarray Using Conductive Thread," Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, Vol. 66, 15-29, 2016.
doi:10.2528/PIERB15091704
http://www.jpier.org/PIERB/pier.php?paper=15091704

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