Accession Number:

ADA558475

Title:

Material Characterization for Composite Materials in Load Bearing Wave Guides

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

101.0

Abstract:

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 materials radio frequency RF performance for application as an antennawaveguide 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.

Subject Categories:

  • Laminates and Composite Materials

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE