Conformal Array Antenna Theory and Design - Josefsson, Persson
Wiley-IEEE Press (2006)
Antenna Arrays, Antennas (Electronics), Technology & Engineering / Electronics / General, Technology & Engineering / Telecommunications
This publication is the first comprehensive treatment of conformal antenna arrays from an engineering perspective. There are journal and conference papers that treat the field of conformal antenna arrays, but they are typically theoretical in nature. While providing a thorough foundation in theory, the authors of this publication provide readers with a wealth of hands-on instruction for practical analysis and design of conformal antenna arrays. Thus, readers gain the knowledge they need, alongside the practical know-how to design antennas that are integrated into structures such as an aircraft or a skyscraper. Compared to planar arrays, conformal antennas, which are designed to mold to curved and irregularly shaped surfaces, introduce a new set of problems and challenges. To meet these challenges, the authors provide readers with a thorough understanding of the nature of these antennas and their properties. Then, they set forth the different methods that must be mastered to effectively handle conformal antennas. This publication goes well beyond some of the common issues dealt with in conformal antenna array design into areas that include: Mutual coupling among radiating elements and its effect on the conformal antenna array characteristics Doubly curved surfaces and dielectric covered surfaces that are handled with a high frequency method Explicit formulas for geodesics on surfaces that are more general than the canonical circular cylinder and sphere With specific examples of conformal antenna designs, accompanied by detailed illustrations and photographs, this is a must-have reference for engineers involved in the design and development of conformal antenna arrays. The publication also serves as a text for graduate courses in advanced antennas and antenna systems.
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