Drive multiple antenna elements in array
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Christopher Bridges on 13 Feb 2019
I'm looking to drive elements and understand directivity using the following code.
I generate a small microstrip patch in antennaDesigner first, then turn it into an array for analysis.
But how do I drive multiple elements to understand the beam formed / directivity?
msp20G.GroundPlaneWidth = inf;
plotFreq = 20e9;
arr = rectangularArray('Element', msp20G, 'Size', [3 3]);
arr.RowSpacing = 0.03;
arr.ColumnSpacing = 0.03;
pattern(arr, plotFreq, 'ElementNumber', 1, 'Termination', 50);
Shashank Kulkarni on 27 Feb 2019
You can pass in avector to the AmplitudeTaper and PhaseShift proeprties.
arr.PhaseShift = [10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90]; for your 9 elemnt vector.
ant.AmplitudeTaper = [1 0 0.1 0.2 1 1 1 1 0.1]
to model differnt voltage amplitude applied at the feed of each element of the array.
I hope this helps.
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Shashank Kulkarni on 1 Mar 2019
The code I wrote down was justa general idea. You would have to calculate the correct phaseshifts to make the beam form in a particular direction.
We have added functionality in 19a (should be avilable in a couple of weeks), to calculate the phaseShifts to perform beamscanning. In this case, the user will provide the antenna object, ferquency and the direction in which he wants to point the beam and we will calculate the phase shifts that the user needs to apply to the antenna elements in the array.