Inkjet-printed microstrip patch antennas realized on textile for wearable applications
journal contributionposted on 31.03.2014, 12:35 by William WhittowWilliam Whittow, Alford ChaurayaAlford Chauraya, J. C. Vardaxoglou, Yi Li, Russel Torah, Kai Yang, Steve Beeby, John Tudor
This letter introduces a new technique of inkjet printing antennas on textiles. A screen-printed interface layer was used to reduce the surface roughness of the polyester/cotton material that facilitated the printing of a continuous conducting surface. Conducting ink was used to create three inkjet-printed microstrip patch antennas. An efficiency of 53% was achieved for a fully flexible antenna with two layers of ink. Measurements of the antennas bent around a polystyrene cylinder indicated that a second layer of ink improved the robustness to bending. © 2014 IEEE.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering