Inkjet printed dipole antennas on textiles for wearable communications

Chauraya, Alford, Whittow, Wulliam, Vardaxoglou, J. Yiannis, Li, Yi, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2013) Inkjet printed dipole antennas on textiles for wearable communications IET Microwaves Antennas & Propagation, 7, (9), pp. 760-767. (doi:10.1049/iet-map.2013.0076).


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This study presents an inkjet printed textile antenna realised using a novel fabrication methodology. Conventionally, it is very difficult to inkjet print onto textiles because of surface roughness. This study demonstrates how this can be overcome by developing an interface coated layer which bonds to a standard polyester cotton fabric, creating a smooth surface. A planar dipole antenna has been fabricated, simulated and measured. This study includes DC resistance, RF reflection coefficient results and antenna radiation patterns. Efficiencies of greater than 60% have been achieved with only one layer of conducting ink. The study demonstrates that the interface layer saves considerable time and cost in terms of the number of inkjet layers needed whilst also improving the printing resolution.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1049/iet-map.2013.0076
ISSNs: 1751-8725 (print)
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Organisations: EEE
ePrint ID: 355325
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18 June 2013Published
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 09:44
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 15:09
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