An Improved Compact & Multiband Fractal Antenna Using the Koch Curve Geometry

Manas Ranjan Jena, B.B. Mangaraj, Rajiv Pathak

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An Improved Compact & Multiband Fractal Antenna Using the Koch Curve Geometry

Manas Ranjan Jena1,, B.B. Mangaraj1, Rajiv Pathak2

1Deparment of ELTCE, VSSUT, Burla, Odisha, India

2BIT, Durg, Chhatisgadh, India

Abstract

In this paper, we have achieved an compact & multiband fractal antenna using a Koch curve geometry. The simulation of the proposed antenna is done by CST Microwave Studio EM simulation software. The proposed Koch curve fractal antenna proves that it is capable to create multiband frequencies. The proposed fractal antenna is designed on FR-4 substrate with ℇr= 4.4. The antenna is fed with the probe feed method. We got two resonant frequencies like 32.84GHz & 34.28GHz which shows multiband characteristics. Simulated results shows that the return loss is better than 15 dB, the VSWR is less than 1.3, the directivity is greater than 6dBi & the gain is more than 6dB in each band. So this fractal antenna can be suitable for the radio astronomy & space research applications.

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  • Jena, Manas Ranjan, B.B. Mangaraj, and Rajiv Pathak. "An Improved Compact & Multiband Fractal Antenna Using the Koch Curve Geometry." Wireless and Mobile Technologies 2.1 (2014): 1-6.
  • Jena, M. R. , Mangaraj, B. , & Pathak, R. (2014). An Improved Compact & Multiband Fractal Antenna Using the Koch Curve Geometry. Wireless and Mobile Technologies, 2(1), 1-6.
  • Jena, Manas Ranjan, B.B. Mangaraj, and Rajiv Pathak. "An Improved Compact & Multiband Fractal Antenna Using the Koch Curve Geometry." Wireless and Mobile Technologies 2, no. 1 (2014): 1-6.

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1. Introduction

Now-a-days there is a need for more compact and portable communication systems. We know that antenna is an integral part of all the communication systems. So there is a demand for small antennas for portable communication systems [1].

It is well known that the antenna dimension is a function of its operating wavelength (λ). i.e if the antenna size is less than the operating wavelength (λ), the antenna becomes inefficient as its characteristics like radiation resistance, directivity, gain & bandwidth are diminished [2]. Fractal geometry is a very good solution for this problem due to its two major characteristics like self similarity & space filling. so fractal geometry has become an important approach for designing multiband antennas [3, 4].

A fractal is a rough or fragmented that can be sub-divided into parts, each of which is a reduced copy of whole. Therefore the basic property of a fractal shape is self similarity and structure at all scales [5].

The goal of this paper is to design and characterize a fractal antenna with Koch curve geometry as it has the potential to provide multiband solution [6].

A koch curve is a famous fractal objects in mathematics [7]. These are low profile antennas with better return loss, VSWR, directivity and gain. So Koch curve can be made operative at multiple frequency bands and hence are multi-functional [8, 9].

2. Antenna Design

Design Equations:

Here we have designed a 3 GHz antenna using the following parameters.

Substrate: FR4 (εr= 4.4, h=1.6 mm).

This proposed fractal antenna is an iterative model to a normal square patch as shown in Figure 2a with a generator of the shape shown in the following Figure 1.

Figure 2a shows a normal wire square patch antenna in which the length of each side is 6 mm. Iteration 1 is produced by replacing each straight wire with the proposed generator shape as shown in figure 2b. Iteration 2 is produced from iteration 1 by using IFS (Iterated Function System) as shown in figure 2c [10, 11].

Figure 2. Different iteration stages of the proposed Koch curve fractal antenna. Here One stage is generated by applying the affine transformation to the previous one

3. Simulation Setup & Results

CST Microwave Studio electromagnetic simulator software is used for design & simulation. Antenna is fed with probe feed. Results like Reflection coefficient (return loss), VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio), Variation of Impedance Z (real & Imaginary part), 2D radiation patterns, 3D radiation patterns are simulated [12, 13]. Simulation results of iteration 1, iteration 2 & iteration 3 are summerised in Table 1, Table 2 & Table 3 respectively.

3.1. Simulated Results of Iteration 0
Figure 3. a. Variation of simulated reflection coefficient(S11)with frequency
Figure 3. c. 3D Radiation pattern (Directivity) at Fr=32.37 GHz
Figure 3. D. 3D Radiation pattern (Gain) at Fr=32.37 GHz

Table 1. The different results (1) are given below

3.2. Simulated Results of Iteration 1
Figure 4. a. Variation of simulated reflection coefficient (S11) with frequency
Figure 4. c: 3D Radiation pattern (Directivity) at Fr=32.73 GHz
Figure 4. d. 3D Radiation pattern (Gain) at Fr=32.73 GHz

Table 2. The different results(1) are given below

3.3. Simulated Results of Iteration 2
Figure 5. a. Variation of simulated reflection coefficient (S11) with frequency
Figure 5. c. 3D Radiation pattern(Directivity) at Fr=32.84 GHz
Figure 5. d. 3D Radiation pattern(Gain) at Fr=32.84 GHz
Figure 5. e. 3D Radiation pattern(Directivity) at Fr=34.28 GHz
Figure 5. F. 3D Radiation pattern (Gain) at Fr=34.28 GHz

Table 3. The different results (9) are given below

BW Calculation

1. For 0th iteration

fc=32.37 GHz, fL=31.67GHz & fH=33.83GHz

So BW=100%=6.67%

2. For 1st iteration

fc=32.73 GHz, fL =32.21GHz & fH =33.19GHz

So BW=100%=2.99%

3. For 2nd iteration

For 1st band

fc=32.84GHz, fL=30.91GHz & fH=33.41GHz So BW=100%=7.61%

For 2nd band

fc=34.28GHz, fL=33.92GHz & fH=34.94GHz So BW=100%=2.97%

Table 4. Comparision of different major parameters for multiple iterations

4. Conclusion

A fractal antenna with Koch curve geometry is designed & characterized. The simulated results show that return loss is more than -15 dB, VSWR is less than 1.3, directivity is more than 6dBi, gain is more than 6dB. This antenna not only improve return loss, VSWR, directivity & gain, but also can Provide a compact size of radiating patch. Gain is enhanced with multiple iterations. Bandwidth enhancements for multiple iterations is compared. Antenna size is reduced by using fractal shapes with multiple iterations. After these comparisons, it is clear that the proposed fractal antenna is superior than the conventional rectangular patch antenna. It follows the multiband characteristics which enables to use a single antenna instead of many. So the proposed antenna is suitable for the radio astronomy & space research applications.

Acknowledgement

The authors sincerely thank to the Vice Chancellor & the H.O.D of EL & TCE Dept. VSSUT, BURLA for constant encouragement and support. Authors are thankful to all the staff of EL & TCE Dept. VSSUT, BURLA for their support directly or indirectly.

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