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Large Ad Hoc Shielded Room with Removable Mode Stirrer for Mobile Phone Antenna Tests
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics.
2013 (English)In: IEEE transactions on electromagnetic compatibility (Print), ISSN 0018-9375, E-ISSN 1558-187X, Vol. 55, no 1, 21-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reverberation chambers (RC) are widely used for measuring antenna performance and parameters for MIMO systems. RCs for mobile phone antenna tests are often specially designed for this purpose. The lowest frequency of operation of an RC is decided by its size. With a trend of lower frequency bands being allocated for mobile phones, the minimum size of RCs for mobile phone antenna tests increases, and is approaching the size of a normal room. At the same time, many large shielded rooms are already in use for various electrical measurements. In this paper, a standard shielded room designed for EMC testing is used as an RC for mobile phone antenna tests. To complete the RC, a large mode stirrer is built. The fact that the room is also used for other tests requires a detachable, foldable, and lightweight stirrer design. Therefore, metal meshes are evaluated for the design of the mode stirrer. The performance of the used room is verified by standard tests for RCs, and it is verified that it is possible to measure antennas from about 400 MHz up to 4 GHz with good accuracy. The size of the room also enables measurements including humans carrying mobile phones or body area networks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 55, no 1, 21-27 p.
Keyword [en]
Antenna measurements, electromagnetic propagation, electromagnetic shielding, microwave communication, microwave radio propagation
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Electronics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197409DOI: 10.1109/TEMC.2012.2204758ISI: 000315118100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197409DiVA: diva2:613563
Available from: 2013-03-28 Created: 2013-03-25 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Wireless Sensor Network Systems in Harsh Environments and Antenna Measurement Techniques
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Wireless Sensor Network Systems in Harsh Environments and Antenna Measurement Techniques
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Wireless sensor network (WSN) has become a hot topic lately. By using WSN things that previously were difficult or impossible to measure has now become available. One of the main reasons using WSN for monitoring is to save money by cost optimization and/or increase safety by letting the user knowing the physical status of the monitored structure. This thesis considers four main topics, empirical testing of WSN in harsh environments, antenna designs, antenna measurements and radio environment emulation.

The WSN has been tested in train environment for monitoring of ball bearings and inside jet engines to monitor strain of blades and temperatures. In total, two investigations have been performed aboard the train wagon and one in the jet engine. The trials have been successful and provide knowledge of the difficulties with practical WSN applications. The key issues for WSN are robust communication, energy management (including scavenging) and physical robustness.

For the applications of WSN in harsh environments antennas has to be designed. In the thesis, two antennas has been designed, one for train environment and one for the receiver in the jet engine. In the train environment, a more isotropic radiation pattern is preferable; hence a small dual layered patch antenna is designed. The antenna is at the limit of being electrically small; hence slightly lower radiation efficiency is measured. For the WSN in the jet engine, a directive patch array is designed on an ultra-thin and flexible substrate. The thin substrate of the antenna causes rather lower radiation efficiency. But the antenna fulfils the requirements of being conformal and directive.

In reverberation chambers are used to measure antennas, but there are difficulties to provide a realistic radio environment, for example outdoor or on-body. In this thesis, a large reverberation chamber is designed and verified. It enables measurement between 400 MHz and 3 GHz. Also, a sample selection method is designed to provide a post processing possibilities to emulate the radio environment inside the chamber. The method is to select samples from a data set that corresponds to a desired probability density function. The method presented in this thesis is extremely fast but the implementation of the method is left for future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2014. 75 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1126
Keyword
Wireless Sensor Network, Antenna, Jet engine, Train, Reverberation chamber, WISENET, Wisejet
National Category
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering Telecommunications Communication Systems Embedded Systems
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Microwave Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-218891 (URN)978-91-554-8884-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-04-04, Häggsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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WISENETWiseJet
Available from: 2014-03-13 Created: 2014-02-19 Last updated: 2014-04-29

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