A study of liquid metal alloy reconfigurable antennas embedded in a structural composite

Lisa M. Smith, Hong K. Pan, Robyn L. Bradford, Geoffrey J. Frank, Darren Hartl, Jeffery Baur, Gregory H. Huff

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Abstract

The design and excitation of a liquid metal alloy antenna embedded into structural composite panel is studied. The alloy resides in micro-channels embedded into the composite panel that allows it to be pumped in and out of the panel to form the electrical paths necessary for the antenna. The antenna geometry is a derivative of a zig-zag log periodic dipole wire antenna. The excitation of the antenna from a structurally-embedded printed microstrip transmission line is also examined. The operational bandwidth and frequency response are controlled by altering the amount of alloy in the meandering structure of the channels, and preliminary results are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages847-848
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781509028863
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 25 2016
Event2016 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2016 - Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jul 1 2016

Publication series

Name2016 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2016 - Proceedings

Other

Other2016 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CityFajardo
Period6/26/167/1/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Radiation
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Smith, L. M., Pan, H. K., Bradford, R. L., Frank, G. J., Hartl, D., Baur, J., & Huff, G. H. (2016). A study of liquid metal alloy reconfigurable antennas embedded in a structural composite. In 2016 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2016 - Proceedings (pp. 847-848). [7696132] (2016 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2016 - Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/APS.2016.7696132