SIMULATION, FABRICATION AND TESTING OF MULTIPLE SINGLE-LAYER COAX-FED PATCH ANTENNAS
USING CST MICROWAVE STUDIO
In this project our team does not seek to design a novel antenna, but rather to model, simulate, manufacture and test previously designed antennas for various applications. This process is repeated five times with five independent antenna designs of various degrees of difficulty. This is done to gain a deeper understanding of antenna theory and the antenna design processes. CST Microwave Studio was used exclusively to analyze the respective antenna models. Fabrication was completed with the assistance of the Calibration Lab at UALRâ€™s College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT), as well as at Molex HPCâ€™s Electrical Lab. After fabrication, we tested the respective antennas using network analyzers at EITâ€™s Electromagnetics and Wireless Lab, as well as Molex HPCâ€™s Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Chamber.
Our project will consist of antenna designs selected from papers published in IEEE journals. All of the antennas are microstrip patch antennas. This type of antenna is popular in commercial applications.
Our team was made up of eight members. Members were further divided into three sub-teams in charge of conducting simulation, manufacturing and testing. These sub-teams were lead by A. Al-Alawi, S. Raheem and O. Babenko, respectively. Team leaders were selected due their experience in research and industry.