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Antenna Design, Simulation, Fabrication And Test Tailored For Engineering Technology Students

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.195.1 - 6.195.15

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Ash Miller

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Jeffrey Honchell

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Session 2648

Antenna Design, Simulation, Fabrication and Test Tailored for Engineering Technology Students

Jeffrey W. Honchell, Ash L. Miller Purdue University, W. Lafayette


The need for qualified individuals to perform as antenna design engineers in the industrial community has become critical. It was determined through conversations with various antenna and RF company representatives there was a need for “application orientated” university graduates in this area. Therefore, the Electrical Engineering Technology department at Purdue University took on the challenge to create graduates to fill this niche.

The paper is focused on the design/analysis techniques required for various antenna types, specifically microstrip patch, dipole and helical, which can then be expanded to include many other types of antennas in the future. It was necessary to initially focus on antenna types that could be easily fabricated by the students in a laboratory environment.

The paper is limited to the discussion of the following items for the microstrip patch antenna, due to paper length considerations:

(1) Background information, design parameters and limitations, feeding methods, electro-magnetic field modes, and the mathematical methods required to accomplish the design. (2) Simulation methods and results based on the Ansoft HFSS simulation software. (3) The fabrication methods utilized to create the physical antenna. (4) The test methods used to verify the antenna’s operating parameters using the Hewlett-Packard 8753D RF vector network analyzer. (5) The analysis results comparing the design, simulation and actual measurements.

The results obtained from this endeavor have proven to be of solid instructional value without the expense of purchasing a half-million dollar antenna test system. This method could potentially be of benefit to many other engineering technology programs.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for engineering Education

Miller, A., & Honchell, J. (2001, June), Antenna Design, Simulation, Fabrication And Test Tailored For Engineering Technology Students Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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