from Xidian University, in "Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Active Skin Antenna
with 3D Printing Array Framework," report the design, fabrication, and testing of a novel active skin antenna
which consists of an encapsulation shell, antenna skin, and RF and beam control circuits.
This multidisciplinary effort has developed a new high payoff technique known as the skin antenna [1-3].
Many researchers have dedicated to the investigation of the skin antenna and proposed different concepts such as a conformal load-bearing antenna [4-6], structurally integrated antenna [7, 8], structurally embedded vascular antenna [9, 10], three-dimensionally integrated microstrip antenna [11-14], and composite antenna [15-17].
Their proposed design and fabrication technology show great advantages for developing the smart skin antenna, electronic paper, epidermal electron, and so on.
The motivation of this investigation is to provide the design and fabrication technology of a new active skin antenna structure for wireless communications of mobile vehicles such as aircraft, high-speed train, car, and ship.
This paper presents the design, fabrication, and testing of a new active skin antenna with 3D printing array framework.
An active skin antenna can provide the structural loadbearing and electromagnetic receiving sending functions simultaneously.
According to the antenna structure in Figure 1, this section presents the design of an active skin antenna prototype with only the RF receiving function.
The second step is to optimize the thickness of facesheet and honeycomb in this skin antenna, and an electromechanical codesign optimization is proposed to balance the mechanical and electrical requirements.
Subsequently, the electromagnetic model of the antenna skin was developed using HFSS VBScript, and the mechanical model of the skin antenna structure was developed using ANSYS parametric design language.