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Design of an Ultra-Wideband LPDA Antenna for the Feeder of an Airborne Spinning Direction-Finding Reflector Antenna

공중 회전 방향탐지 반사판 안테나 급전기용 초광대역 LPDA 안테나 설계

  • Park, Young-Ju (Agency for Defense Development) ;
  • Park, Dong-Chul (Department of Radio and Information Communications Engineering, Chungnam National University)
  • Received : 2016.06.14
  • Accepted : 2016.07.09
  • Published : 2016.08.01

Abstract

This paper proposes an ultra-wideband Log-Periodic Dipole Array(LPDA) antenna for the feeder of a reflector antenna to be used for airborne spinning direction-finding and detecting wideband signals. To obtain the ultra-wideband characteristics over the 20:1 bandwidth from S to Ka band, the radiation elements of the antenna were printed on a substrate and a wedge-typed dielectric supporter with robust structure was inserted between the substrates. Also, the center portion of the supporter was replaced by a styrofoam material to reduce the supporter weight. The 5-dB return loss of the designed LPDA antenna showed ultra-wideband characteristics, which are 37.57:1(1.09~40.95 GHz) in the simulation and 33.85:1(1.31~44.35 GHz) in the measurement. We achieved the required gains of 5.78 dBi in the simulation and 5.76 dBi in the measurement in the operating band. The proposed robust, light-weight, and ultra-wideband LPDA antenna confirmed that it can be applied for airborne applications.

Acknowledgement

Grant : BK21플러스

Supported by : 충남대학교

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