Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Anthony N. Palazotto, PhD.
This study will establish a methodology to examine samples of composite material for application in a load bearing waveguide. The composite material will operate in a specific frequency range for applications in small RPAs. A graphite epoxy stiffening component will be primarily considered. Different nickel, graphene, and carbon nanotube (CNT) coatings and films will be applied to the graphite epoxy. Tests will determine the material's radio frequency (RF) performance for application as an antenna/waveguide component. The study will use scattering (S) parameters determined from a network analyzer to collect these data. The S parameters will then be used to resolve the composites permittivity and reflectivity and allow an estimation of a full scale waveguides performance made from pretested composite material.
DTIC Accession Number
Almodovar, Gabriel, "Material Characterization for Composite Materials in Load Bearing Wave Guides" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 1027.