Commercial antenna test chambers (anechoic) currently use polyurethane foam absorbers on chamber interiors to eliminate undesired radio-frequency (RF) reflections. While effectively absorbing microwave signals, polyurethane material particulates over time adding contaminants to clean rooms and reducing absorber lifetime. These absorbers also release toxic gas when operating under high temperatures and pose a health risk to direct-contact personnel. This paper presents reflectivity analysis and performance of alternative organic-based (corn stover) microwave frequency absorbers for use in anechoic chambers. These absorbers are composed of renewable materials and eliminate the toxic gas release problem for polyurethane materials under high power test conditions. Preliminary results show that the organic absorbers perform at levels comparable to commercially-available absorber panels.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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