Robust and compact PDMS antennas for search and rescue operations and emergency communications

Rahil Joshi, Constantin Constantinides, Symon K. Podilchak, Muhammad Nazrin Ramli, Herwansyah Lago, Ping Jack Soh

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Abstract

Wearable antennas are a topic of interest in the RF and microwave community. Over the last two decades many studies have been conducted which have led to the development of several devices that are now used in many sectors such as healthcare, military and athletics. In this paper, a folded-shorted patch (FSP) compact antenna and a circular polarized (CP) patch antenna were developed and are operational at about 400 MHz and 2.45 GHz, respectively. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is used as the substrate for both the antennas in order to make them resilient to different environments, be low profile and wearable. These antennas can be useful for search and rescue operations and emergency services as they can provide compactness and flexibility of movement while maintaining antenna radiation performances. To prove durability and resiliency of the fabricated antennas, robustness tests such as bending, wet and temperature tests were performed for the CP patch. Additionally, the realized gain pattern was measured when the CP patch antenna was placed inside a ballistics jacket with experimental results demonstrating antenna operation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2018)
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781785618161
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Apr 201813 Apr 2018

Conference

Conference12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation 2018
Abbreviated titleEuCAP 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period9/04/1813/04/18

Keywords

  • Circular polarized (CP) patch antenna
  • Folded-shorted patch (FSP) antenna
  • PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane)
  • Wearable antenna

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Joshi, R., Constantinides, C., Podilchak, S. K., Ramli, M. N., Lago, H., & Soh, P. J. (2018). Robust and compact PDMS antennas for search and rescue operations and emergency communications. In 12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2018) Institution of Engineering and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1049/cp.2018.0975