Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering


College of Engineering


Payam Nayeri

Advisor Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor College

College of Engineering


Antenna arrays offer notable superiority over a single antenna element. By weighting the signals before combining them, antenna arrays offer several enhanced features such as beam steering or beam switching without physically moving the aperture. While in general the array platform can take any given shape, cylindrical arrays offer many advantages compared to linear and planar arrays due to their azimuthal symmetry, and as such find numerous applications in radar, sonar, etc.. This research proposes a Wi-Fi band cylindrical switched beam array that is capable of full azimuthal beam switching for direction finding applications. Six microstrip patch antennas are arranged in a hexagonal platform to create a cylindrical array. The antenna beam is switched electronically using a SP6T RF switch providing azimuthal coverage with 60-degree resolution. Multiple antennas and arrays were designed, analyzed, and fabricated. The devices and the full array system were measured, and their RF performance was characterized. The experimental results validate the feasibility and practicality of the proposed design, and demonstrate a high-speed array platform for direction finding that can be used for search and rescue operations in emergency situations.

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