On the mechanics of composite structure and electromagnetics of microstrip antenna

C. C. Hung, S. M. Yang, S. E. Tsai

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Composite structures with desire mechanical properties can be tailored to embed microstrip antenna in aerospace systems for reducing aerodynamic disturbance. The performance of a rectangular microstrip antenna in composite structures is analyzed in spectral domain in this work. Analysis shows that the electromagnetics of antenna in spectral domain is similar to the mechanics of composite structure in space domain. The electrical field, the immittance (impedance or admittance), and the current density are equivalent to the stress, strain, and stiffness in mechanics of composite structures. The governing equations, though may be of different dimensions, are also similar. It shall be expected that the performance of a microstrip antenna on composite structures is different from that on isotropic structures; just as the mechanics of the former is so different from that of the latter. Analysis confirms that antenna performance depends on the structure’s electromagnetic properties; similar to the mechanics of composite structures depends on the laminate layers’ ply angle and stacking sequence.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Mechanical Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering

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