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2012-11-05 PIER M Vol. 26, 279-287, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12101201

Effects of Microwave Frequency on Electron Energy Distribution Function and Air Breakdown Using the Fluid Model

Pengcheng Zhao, Cheng Liao, Wenbin Lin, and Ju Feng

The non-equilibrium electron energy distribution function (EEDF) obtained via solving the Boltzmann equation is introduced into the fluid model, and the effects of the microwave frequency on the EEDF and air breakdown are investigated. Numerical simulations show that the breakdown threshold of the fluid model with the non-equilibrium EEDF agrees well with that of the reported experiments. The microwave frequency plays an important role on the shape of the non-equilibrium EEDF at low pressures. The breakdown time at the low pressures predicted by the Maxwellian EEDF is shorter than that from the non-equilibrium EEDF in low-frequency oscillating fields, while matches the latter in high-frequency oscillating fields.

2012-11-01 PIER M Vol. 26, 267-277, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12091808

Evaluation and Measurement of the Doppler Spectrum in a Reverberation Chamber

Xiaoming Chen

In this paper, the measurement of the Doppler spectrum in a reverberation chamber (RC) is investigated. The estimation performance of the Doppler spectrum in the previous work is reformulated and analyzed. It is found that the previous RC Doppler spectrum evaluation is an inconsistent estimation. An improved method for evaluating the Doppler spectrum is presented, which makes use of the frequency stirring technique to enhance the estimation performance. In addition, the RC loading effect on the Doppler spectrum is investigated in this paper as well. Measurements are performed in a RC, based on which the Doppler spectrum is evaluated. It is shown that the improved method results in a smaller estimation variance and that the Doppler spread decreases with increasing RC loading.

2012-10-31 PIER M Vol. 26, 251-265, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12091309

Efficient Evaluation of the Longitudinal Coupling Impedance of a Plane Strip

Dario Assante and Luigi Verolino

We discuss the electromagnetic interaction between a travelling charge particle and a perfectly conducting strip of a negligible thickness. The particle travels at a constant velocity along a straight line parallel to the axis of symmetry of the strip. The efficiency of the proposed solution is proved by evaluating the longitudinal coupling impedance in a wide range of parameters.

2012-10-25 PIER M Vol. 26, 237-249, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12091108

A Quasi-Analytical Model for Remote Field Eddy Current Inspection

Antonino Musolino, Rocco Rizzo, and Ernesto Tripodi

The Remote Field Eddy Current (RFEC) method is widely used to inspect both ferrous and nonferrous metal tubes when internal access is the only possible way of inspection. An axisymmetric quasi-analytical model is presented in this paper in order to simulate the behavior of a RFEC system during its operation. The proposed model, based on the application of the Fourier Transform in space, is able to take into account the finite length of the excitation coil, fed by an AC current, and the relative movement between the RFEC system and the wall tube. Numerical simulations based on integral formulations and experimental measurements were used to validate the proposed quasi-analytical model.

2012-10-22 PIER M Vol. 26, 225-236, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12080314

Exact Closed Form Formula for Self Inductance of Conductor of Rectangular Cross Section

Zygmunt Piatek and Bernard Baron

In this paper, self inductance for a conductor with rectangular cross section is investigated. Using the threedimensional Fredholm's integral equation of the second kind with weakly singular kernel we obtain an equation for the complex voltage drop in the conductor. Self impedance appearing in the equation is expressed in the form of integral relation for any current density distribution. The imaginary part of this impedance divided by angular frequency is the self inductance of a conductor of any shape and finite length. In the case of direct current (DC), low frequency (LF) or thin strip conductor of rectangular cross section the formulae for the self inductances are given for any length and for length much greater than the other dimensions.

2012-10-19 PIER M Vol. 26, 205-223, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12091406

Permanent Magnet Bearings: Analysis of Plane and Axisymmetric V-Shaped Element Design

Francesca Di Puccio, Roberto Bassani, Enrico Ciulli, Antonino Musolino, and Rocco Rizzo

Applications of permanent magnets bearings have gained a new interest thanks to the development of rare earth materials, characterised by residual magnetic induction greater than 1 T. The present paper proposes a new geometry for permanent magnets bearings with V-shaped elements, both for a plane slide and for cylindrical bearings. The aim of this geometry is to give new possibilities to the application of these bearing systems, by reducing its inherent instability. A design method, involving Finite Elements and Magnetic Field Integral Equations analyses, is also described for defining the most suitable V-opening angle and the two magnetisation directions. These parameters can be varied in order to reduce the unstable force in the coupling, and to reach the desired force and stiffness in the stable direction. The design is founded on the evaluation of four ``geometric'' vectors, that depend on the geometry of the elements. Some results are reported for a reference geometry for both the slide and the cylindrical bearings.

2012-10-19 PIER M Vol. 26, 187-203, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12091009

A Self-Controlled Maglev System

Francesca Di Puccio, Antonino Musolino, Rocco Rizzo, and Ernesto Tripodi

This paper presents a MAGLEV system in which the magnetic suspension is assured by the repulsion of permanent magnets both on the guideway and on the vehicle. Due to the induced currents on a aluminum sheet surrounding the magnets on the guideway, the system intrinsic instability is overcome. The detailed structure of the proposed system is described and the main results of the simulations by means a FE code are reported.

2012-10-17 PIER M Vol. 26, 173-786, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12090307

Unconditionally Stable Leapfrog Adi-FDTD Method for Lossy Media

Theng Huat Gan and Eng Leong Tan

This paper presents an unconditionally stable threedimensional (3-D) leapfrog alternating-direction-implicit finite-difference time-domain (ADI-FDTD) method for lossy media. Conductivity terms of lossy media are incorporated into the leapfrog ADI-FDTD method in an analogous manner as the conventional explicit FDTD method since the leapfrog ADI-FDTD method is a perturbation of the conventional explicit FDTD method. Implementation of the leapfrog ADI-FDTD method for lossy media with special consideration for boundary condition is provided. Numerical results and examples are presented to validate the formulation.

2012-10-16 PIER M Vol. 26, 157-171, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12092007

Evaluation of the Far Field Radiated by Long Antennas Directly from Data Acquired through a Fast Helicoidal Scanning

Francesco D'Agostino, Flaminio Ferrara, Claudio Gennarelli, Rocco Guerriero, and Massimo Migliozzi

A direct near-field - far-field transformation with helicoidal scanning for electrically long antennas is proposed in this paper. Such a transformation, which allows the evaluation of the antenna far field in any cut plane directly from the acquired near-field data without interpolating them, relies on the nonredundant sampling representation of electromagnetic fields and makes use of a prolate ellipsoidal modelling of the antenna under test for determining the number of helix turns, whereas the number of samples on each of them is fixed by the minimum cylinder rule, as in the classical cylindrical scan. Numerical and experimental tests assessing the effectiveness of the approach are shown.

2012-10-11 PIER M Vol. 26, 143-155, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12081005

A Trans-Impedance Green's Function for the Dielectric Ring Circulator

Ryan S. Adams and Aaron K. Hatley

An efficient trans-impedance Green's function that describes the electromagnetic behavior of a ring circulator is presented. A rigorous derivation composed of an infinite summation of modified Bessel functions of the first and second kinds is included. As with more traditional circulator descriptions, the formulation herein contains a weak singularity when the measurement point is located near the impressed source point on the same radius. To accelerate convergence of the series, this singularity is extracted from the formulation and integrated analytically. To complete the formulation, two circulators are presented; the first with ports that emanate at equal angles from the outer radius, and the second with two ports associated with the outer radius and one port that connects to the inner radius. The computation time associated with the proposed analysis lasted approximately 0.25 s, whereas an identical structure simulated via a common full-wave solver lasted approximately 10 hours. Comparison of impedance data between the proposed analysis and full-wave simulation is presented.

2012-10-01 PIER M Vol. 26, 127-141, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12082811

Uncertainty Minimization in Permittivity Measurements in Shielded Dielectric Resonators

Eduardo Paez, Marco A. Azpurua, Ciro Tremola, and Roberto Callarotti

In this paper we present a novel general methodology which ensure a minimum uncertainty in the measurement of the real part of the permittivity of a material measured using cylindrical shielded dielectric resonators. The method is based on the fact that for any given value of the dielectric permittivity there is an optimal radius of the cylindrical dielectric rod sample. When the dielectric rod sample has the optimum radius, the width of the coverage interval associated to the real part of the dielectric permittivity measurement result --- for a given confidence level --- is reduced due to a lower sensitivity of the dielectric permittivity to be measured versus the variations in the resonant frequency. The appropriated radius of a given sample under test is calculated using Monte Carlo simulations for a specific mode and a specific resonant frequency. The results show that the confidence interval could be reduced by one order of magnitude with respect to its maximum width predicted by the uncertainty estimation performed using the Monte Carlo method (MCM) as established by the supplement 1 of the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM). The optimum radius of the sample under examination is fundamentally determined by the electromagnetic equations that describe the measurement and does not depend specifically of the sources of uncertainty considered.

2012-09-30 PIER M Vol. 26, 115-126, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12060101

Zero-Dispersion Shifted Optical Fiber Design Based on GA and Cd Optimization Methods

Somaye Makouei and Zia Koozekanani

In this paper, the RII depressed core triple clad based structure as Zero-dispersion Shifted optical fiber is optimized to obtain small pulse broadening factor (small dispersion and its slope) and low bending loss suitable for long haul communications. The proposed structures allow reducing the dispersion, its slope and the bending loss. The Genetic Algorithm (GA) and the Coordinate Descent (CD) technique are used for the optimization. The suggested design approach involves a special cost function which includes dispersion, its slope, and bending loss impacts. The proposed algorithm and structure have inherent potential to obtain large effective area and extend tolerance of bending loss simultaneously. Meanwhile, an analytical method is used to calculate the dispersion and its slope. In the meantime, the thermal stabilities of the designed structures are evaluated.

2012-09-27 PIER M Vol. 26, 101-114, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12081704

Ground Plane Contribution in Wireless Handheld Devices Using Radar Cross Section Analysis

Jaume Anguera and Aurora Andujar

The ground plane of wireless handheld devices plays a significant role in the electromagnetic behavior determining bandwidth, efficiency, and radiation patterns. Therefore, it is necessary to determine the frequency region where the ground plane can be better excited, especially for low frequencies where the performance of the radiating system is critical due to size limitations with respect to the operating wavelength. A fast method based on the radar cross section (RCS) is presented for computing the frequency at which the ground plane can be excited. The proposal is applied to three typical wireless platforms: a handset phone, a smartphone, and a clamshell phone. The method is compared with characteristic mode analysis and the results demonstrate a very good agreement in the resonant frequency prediction. Complex platforms using metallic strips and slots in the ground plane are analyzed using RCS which gives physical insight into the electromagnetic performance.

2012-09-26 PIER M Vol. 26, 85-100, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12081807

Electromagnetic Characteristics of Conformal Dipole Antennas Over a PEC Sphere

Javad Soleiman-Meiguni, Manouchehr Kamyab, and Ahmad Hosseinbeig

Rigorous mathematical Method of Moments (MoMs) for analyzing various radiating spherical structures is presented in this paper by using Dyadic Green's Functions (DGFs) in conjunction with Mixed Potential Integral Equation (MPIE) formulation. With the aid of linear Rao-Wilton-Glisson (RWG) triangular basis functions and by converting spherical DGFs to Cartesian DGFs, a conformal dipole antenna in free space and over a Perfect Electric Conductor (PEC) sphere is analyzed. The characteristics of such antennas are computed by applying multilayer spherical DGFs and asymptotic approximation methods. Mutual couplings between elements of a conformal dipole antenna array in free space and over a conducting sphere are also investigated. Good agreement between the computational results obtained by the proposed methods and those obtained from commercial simulator packages shows accuracy and high convergence speed of the presented methods.

2012-09-25 PIER M Vol. 26, 69-84, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12080806

Computation of the Modes of Elliptic Waveguides with a Curvilinear 2D Frequency-Domain Finite-Difference Approach

Alessandro Fanti, Giuseppe Mazzarella, Giorgio Montisci, and Giovanni Andrea Casula

A scalar Frequency-Domain Finite-Difference approach to the mode computation of elliptic waveguides is presented. The use of an elliptic cylindrical grid allows us to take exactly into account the curved boundary of the structure and a single mesh has been used both for TE and TM modes. As a consequence, a high accuracy is obtained with a reduced computational burden, since the resulting matrix is highly sparse.

2012-09-25 PIER M Vol. 26, 55-68, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12061113

Resolution of Multiple Concealed Threat Objects Using Electromagnetic Pulse Induction

Abdulbast Elgwel, Stuart William Harmer, Nicholas John Bowring, and Shaofei Yin

The detection and identification of conducting objects using electromagnetic pulses to excite circulating eddy currents within the object is demonstrated by numerical simulation using a finite element time domain electromagnetic solver. The ability to discriminate between objects is based on the decay rate of the induced currents in the object, typically ~ 100 μS. The decay rates are different for a wide variety of everyday objects, allowing threat objects such as handguns, grenades and knives to be discriminated from benign objects such as mobile phones handsets, watches, keys, etc. Crucially, the time constant characterising an object depends only upon the electrical properties of the object (conductivity) and the shape and size of the object; the orientation of the object is irrelevant. This aspect independence of temporal current decay rate forms the basis of a potential object detection and identification system. By application of an algorithm based on the generalized pencil of function method, the authors demonstrate the ability to effectively count and indentify multiple objects carried in close proximity providing that the objects do not have very similar time constants and that signal to noise ratio is high.

2012-09-24 PIER M Vol. 26, 39-53, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12080308

Influence of the Plasma Column Cross-Section Non-Circularity on the Excitation of the Azimuthal Surface Waves in Electron Cyclotron Frequency Range by Annular Electron Beam

Igor O. Girka, Volodymyr Girka, and Ivan Viktorovych Pavlenko

The initial stage of interaction between an annular beam of electrons, which rotate along Larmor orbits in the gap between a localized plasma column and a metal waveguide with a circular cross-section of its walls, and the electromagnetic waves of the surface type, is studied theoretically. These waves are extraordinary polarized; they propagate along the azimuthal angle across an axial external steady magnetic field in the electron cyclotron frequency range. The numerical analysis shows that changing the shape of the plasma filling cross section leads to corrections to the eigen frequency of the surface waves but does not cause a disruption of the resonance beam-wave instability development. Moreover, the conditions are found when appropriate choice of the shape can lead to increasing the instability growth rate by dozens of percent.

2012-09-14 PIER M Vol. 26, 23-37, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12052810

Propagation Characteristics of a Variant of Disc-Loaded Circular Waveguide

Vishal Kesari and Jaishanker Prasad Keshari

The shaping of dispersion characteristics in a variant of discloaded circular waveguide was studied through electromagnetic analysis for assessing the structure for wideband coalescence of the beam- and waveguide-mode dispersion characteristics that entails the wideband gyrotravelling-wave tube (gyro-TWT) performance. In this variant of disc-loaded circular waveguide, the alternate disc-hole radii were varying, however, the structure was periodic. The structure periodicity coupled with Floquet's theorem and field-matching technique resulted into the dispersion relation of the infinitely long structure. A numerical code was developed to solve the dispersion relation, and the dispersion characteristics of the structure were analyzed for the azimuthally symmetric TE-modes. The effects of structure parameters were studied for getting a straight-line portion of the dispersion characteristics over a wide frequency range. The dispersion shaping was projected for typically chosen TE01-mode. The results were validated against those obtained for the conventional and un-conventional known structures and those obtained using commercially available simulation tool. The variation of azimuthal electric field intensity over the radial coordinate was also studied to examine the control of structure parameter for maximaposition, where the gyrating electron beam would be positioned for optimum beam-wave interaction in a gyro-TWT.

2012-09-07 PIER M Vol. 26, 11-22, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12062101

Quadratic Frequency Modulated Thermal Wave Imaging for Non-Destructive Testing

Ghali Venkata Subbarao and Ravibabu Mulaveesala

Thermal non-destructive testing and evaluation of glass fibre reinforced plastic materials has gained more importance in aerospace industry due to low weight and high strength capabilities in severe environmental conditions. More recently, pulse compression favorable non-stationary excitation schemes have been exhibiting reliable defect detection capabilities in infrared non-destructive testing. This paper introduces a novel infrared non-destructive testing method based on quadratic frequency modulated thermal wave imaging with pulse compression for charactierization of glass fibre reinforced plastic materials. Defect detection capability of the proposed method has been experimentally validated using a glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) sample with embedded Teflon inserts. Experimental results proved the enhanced depth resolution capability of the proposed excitation method as compared to the linear frequency modulation with pulse compression.

2012-09-06 PIER M Vol. 26, 1-9, 2012. doi:10.2528/PIERM12071204

Analysis of Multiple Wedges Electromagnetic Wave Absorbers

Ibrahim Catalkaya and Sedef Kent

To improve the reflection performance of absorbers used in anechoic chambers, several different electromagnetic wave absorber geometries similar to conventional wedge absorber structures are proposed in this study. Design basics are examined by using the reflection and absorption of electromagnetic waves. The return loss characteristics of each absorber structure which is illuminated by a TE polarized plane wave have been obtained using well-known simulation software for several incidence angles. Comparisons of the simulation results of the conventional wedge and proposed absorbers are presented. The results show that new absorber shapes provide better absorption characteristics than a conventional wedge across almost all frequency ranges, and especially for normal and near normal incidence cases.