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Antenna Analysis and Design Using FEKO Electromagnetic Simulation Software

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Publication Year: 2014

The objective of this book is to introduce students and interested researchers to antenna design and analysis using the popular commercial electromagnetic software FEKO. This book, being tutorial in nature, is primarily intended for students working in the field of antenna analysis and design; however the wealth of hands-on design examples presented in this book along with simulation details, makes it a valuable reference for practicing engineers. The requirement for the readers of this book is to be familiar with the basics of antenna theory; however electrical engineering students taking an introductory course in antenna engineering can also benefit from this book as a supplementary text. The key strengths of this book are as follows: First, the basics of antenna simulation will be presented in a detailed, understandable, and easy to follow procedure through study of the simplest types of radiators, i.e. dipole and loop antennas, in chapters 2 and 3. This will build the fundamental knowledge a student would need in order to utilize antenna simulation software in general. Second, comparison between theoretical analysis and full-wave simulation results of FEKO are given for a variety of antenna types, which will aid the readers with a better understanding of the theory, approximations and limitations in the theoretical analysis, and solution accuracy. Third, and of paramount importance, is the visualization of the antenna current distribution, radiation patterns, and other radiation characteristics that are made available through full-wave simulations using FEKO. A proper analysis of the radiation characteristics through these visualizations serves as a powerful educational tool to fully understand the radiation behaviour of antennas.

Other keywords: reflector antenna; frequency-independent antenna; wire loop antenna; microstrip patch antenna; monopole antenna; wire dipole antenna; antenna array analysis; microstrip-based feeding network; broadband dipole antenna; FEKO electromagnetic simulation software; horn antenna

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