Lightweight, Durable Army Antennas Using Carbon Nanotube Technology (Final Report)

Report No. ARL-TR-6323
Authors: Steven D. Keller, Amir I. Zaghloul
Date/Pages: January 2013; 48 pages
Abstract: The application of carbon nanotube (CNT) materials to produce lightweight, flexible, and durable alternatives to existing and future Army antenna designs is explored through fabrication and measurement of a variety of CNT thread and sheet antenna designs. A variety of CNT thread/rope dipole and loop antennas are fabricated, measured, and compared with a standard copper dipole antenna. An aperture-coupled patch antenna composed of CNT sheet material, is fabricated, measured, and compared with a standard copper patch antenna. Finally, a meshed patch antenna composed of interwoven CNT threads is developed and simulated as a concept for a multifunctional communications antenna and reactive gas sensor.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: January 1, 2013