Additive manufacturing of waveguide for Ku-band satellite communications antenna

Thornton, John, Dalay, Brian and Smith, Dave (2016) Additive manufacturing of waveguide for Ku-band satellite communications antenna. In: 2016 10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP). IEEE, Piscataway, NJ. ISBN 978-88-907018-6-3

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EuCAP.2016.7481435

Abstract

A metal waveguide feed chain in a Ku-band scanning lens array antenna comprises 5 parts. These are: two iris polarisers, two bend-feeds, and a central power combiner. The combiner comprises a pair of septum polarisers and tee junctions. The feed chain generates a controllable, linear polarised E-field at each of two hemispherical lenses. Additive manufacturing was used to produce a copy of the power combiner and each bend-feed in copper plated plastic. In satellite receive-only trials at 10.7-12 GHz the plastic parts and metal parts performed equivalently.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: additive manufacturing, lens antennas, satellite communications-on-the-move (SOTM), waveguide
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 12:58
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 12:38
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27473

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