Reconfigurable, Compact Conformal Antennas on Flexible Substrates

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0217
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-006-0187
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-T006
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NANOSONIC, INC.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Bradley Davis
Research Scientist - PI
(540) 953-1785
bdavis@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Richard Claus
President
(540) 953-1785
roclaus@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
University of Kentucky
Robert Adams
685 Anderson Hall 0046, DEPARTMENT 7-8042
Lexington, KY, 40506
(859) 257-1775
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Phase I STTR program proposes to investigate the feasibility of constructing a reconfigurable antenna on a custom substrate. To this end, we propose to investigate a promising method by which the antenna's elements can be remotely interconnected. Additionally, NanoSonic's unique material methods will be applied to create antenna elements on flexible substrates or conformally applied to curved surfaces. This method allows conformal construction without de-bonding or cracking; it has been already been successfully applied to severe, doubly curved surfaces. In the creation of the substrate, particular attention will be directed toward the construction of a ferromagnetic composite. The NanoSonic team will characterize the resulting film's electromagnetic and mechanical properties. Following material and device characterization, NanoSonic will construct an antenna element for S-parameter evaluation. In support of these efforts, NanoSonic will work with the University of Kentucky (UK) to customize an advanced simulation model which will assist in the evaluation and selection of the proper materials. From this model, the radiation properties of test article can be evaluated. UK is a major research university, well respected in the measurement and computational electromagnetics communities. The team will also work with the antenna group from a major defense contractor.

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