Improved performance of 3D metal printed antenna through gradual reduction in surface roughness

Deepak Shamvedi, Oliver J. McCarthy, Eoghan O'Donoghue, Paul O'Leary, Ramesh Raghavendra

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    Abstract

    The research presents the performance evaluation of a 3D metal printed antenna, as the inherent surface roughness is gradually reduced using different surface treatment techniques. In this work, surface treatment is performed on a complex shaped, 3D metal printed Sierpinski gasket antenna, fabricated from Ti-6A1-4V using a Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technique on EOSINT M280 system. Following the initial assessment, the surface roughness has been reduced gradually, in stages, using surface treatment techniques such as wet blasting and polishing. To monitor the surface morphological changes on the antenna, a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and White Light Interferometer (WLI) have been used. Finally, both the path loss (S21) and the return loss (S11) are measured, to track the RF performance changes on the 3D metal printed antenna, as a function of reducing surface roughness.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA 2017)
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages669-672
    Number of pages4
    Edition19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509044511
    ISBN (Print)9781509044528
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2017
    Event19th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA 2017 - Verona, Italy
    Duration: 11 Sep 201715 Sep 2017

    Conference

    Conference19th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA 2017
    CountryItaly
    CityVerona
    Period11/09/1715/09/17

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