Development of robust transparent conformal antennas based on conductive mesh-polymer composite for unobtrusive wearable applications

Abu Sadat Md. Sayem*, Roy B. V. B. Simorangkir, Karu P. Esselle, Raheel M. Hashmi

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Abstract

In this paper, a detailed investigation of the realization of conformal wearable transparent antennas by integrating conductive mesh with polymer has been presented. The proposed realization method is much simpler and more cost-effective than the existing realization methods of transparent antennas, and the prototype fabricated from the selected composite materials is more flexible and robust in bending operations than other transparent antennas. In this paper, the mechanical, electrical, and optical characteristics of the proposed composite material have been investigated to analyze its suitability for transparent flexible antenna realization. For concept demonstration, a prototype of a dual-band antenna operating at 2.33-2.53 GHz and 4.7-5.6 GHz has been fabricated and tested. These frequencies cover both the instrument, scientific, and measurement (ISM) and the wireless local area network (WLAN) bands. Full ground plane is utilized in the antenna design for on-body operations. The suitability of the antenna for wearable applications has been investigated by measuring its performance under physical deformation and testing its performance on phantom. Next, the RF performance of the antenna has been improved by using two layers of conductor to form the radiating element. Although transparency is slightly compromised, the double-layer element improves the gain and efficiency of the antenna.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7216-7224
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Volume67
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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