For some radio-frequency electronics applications, such as ubiquitous sensing, the ability to fabricate devices by printing could be beneficial. In RF electronics, qualities such as fabrication resolution and conductor roughness can affect microwave scattering parameters. In this work, aerosol jet printing is used to fabricate RF transmission lines, filters, and inductors. Variations in the geometry and material properties of the components are studied. The scattering parameters, insertion loss and return loss, of these components are also studied to show electrical variation. Information on geometric and electrical variations of printing is then considered in some antenna designs and an antenna array system. Simulations of printed and plated transmission lines show reasonably close results and printed samples show useable results. However, plated lines should be fabricated and measured for certainty of the similar performance, because the modeled-to-measured mismatch may be a different amount for the different morphologies of printed and plated traces.
|Advisor:||Poliks, Mark D.|
|Commitee:||Choi, Seokheun, Dhakal, Tara|
|School:||State University of New York at Binghamton|
|Department:||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Electrical engineering, Materials science|
|Keywords:||Aerosol jet printing, Antenna, Printed electronics, Radio-frequency, Silver nanoparticle ink, Transmission line|
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