Ultra Wideband Conformal Printable Metamaterial An

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,981.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-09-C-C003
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-068-0924
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-068
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
SI2 Technologies
267 Boston Road, North Billerica, MA, 01862
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Patanjali Parimi
Principal Investigator
(978) 495-5300
pparimi@si2technologies.com
Business Contact:
Noel Burgoa
Business Director
(978) 495-5300
nburgoa@si2technologies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SI2 Technologies, Inc. (SI2) proposes an innovative solution to the Army’s need for a conformal printable antenna system to support a communication relay radio for HMMWVs, small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles such as the Shadow 200, and soldier jackets and/or helmets. Our innovation is based on a novel wideband electromagnetic band gap (EBG) metamaterial design that allows us to obtain a low profile, broadband antenna element that operates in the VHF-UHF range and also apply our Direct Write technique for printing the antenna on a doubly curved surface. During Phase I, the metamaterial printable antenna concept will be refined using high fidelity numerical modeling and simulation tools. The performance of the antenna will be simulated, including platform effects, and validated through the manufacture and testing of a hardware demonstrator. A full scale prototype will be fabricated in the follow-on Phase II program. The prototype will be tested on a representative platform structure to demonstrate the antenna’s wideband performance capabilities, its flexibility, and its ability to adhere to the skin of HMMWV, Shadow 200 UAV and soldier helmets/jackets.

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