Abstract

A new rectangular anechoic chamber (20’L x 10’W x 9’7”H) has been established at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) through donations and financial support from industry and Cal Poly departments and programs. The chamber was designed and constructed by three graduate students as part of their thesis studies to explore and further their understanding of chamber design and antenna measurements. The chamber project has included RF absorber characterization, overall chamber performance assessment, and software development for the coordination of a positioner with a vector network analyzer.

This paper presents absorber characterization as a function of incidence angle and orientation to enable an overall chamber performance analysis. Test data at low incidence angles (< 30o) are compared to manufacturer performance curves at normal incidence. The mean response of the measured data indicates a correlation with manufacturer curves. Through ray tracing analysis, the ripple encountered in the test data is used to identify two effective reflection planes indicative of the foam geometry. The measured data are subsequently used to predict overall anechoic chamber performance to within 1dB for a majority of the actual scan data. Details of this analysis and comparisons to actual chamber performance are presented in a companion paper.

Disciplines

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Publisher statement

Published by Antenna Measurement Techniques Association.

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URL: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/eeng_fac/230