Robust implementation of flexible wearable antennas with PDMS-embedded conductive fabric

Roy B. V. B. Simorangkir, Yang Yang, Karu P. Esselle

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Abstract

In this paper, a new approach to fabricate a robust flexible body-worn antenna is introduced. It combines conductive fabric, used as the radiator, with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) utilized as the substrate as well as the encapsulation of the antenna. The mechanical and electrical characteristics of PDMSembedded conductive fabric structures are firstly investigated, followed by the general steps of the antenna fabrication process. As concept demonstrations, two designs, dual-band dual-mode and frequency-reconfigurable patch antennas, have been fabricated. Experimental investigations on the antennas' RF performance (both in free space and on a muscle phantom) and mechanical stability are also demonstrated. The latter includes bending on human's arm-shaped phantom and machine-washing tests. The results demonstrated that the proposed method is applicable for realization of robust, flexible, not only passive but also active, wearable antennas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2018)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781785618161
ISBN (Print)9781785618154
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Apr 201813 Apr 2018

Conference

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

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