Accession Number:

ADP004369

Title:

Broadband Thermoplastic Radomes

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC DALLAS ANTENNA LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

Radomes requiring frequency coverage from S through K band present a difficult design challenge. Past experience with broadband antenna systems has shown that a low fines ratio A sandwich radome offers the best electrical performance. However, a blunt A sandwich which performs well electrically typically has skins which are too thin to provide adequate rain erosion and ground handling protection. Therefore, the designer has been forced to either sacrifice electrical performance or face increased rain erosion and ground handling damage. To achieve the necessary electrical and mechanical properties, new radome designs incorporating thermoplastic materials have been developed. These new thermoplastic radomes can meet both the mechanical and electrical requirements while remaining relatively low cost.

Subject Categories:

  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE