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Designing a 3-D Printing-Based Channel Emulator with Printable Electromagnetic Materials
IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Xiangyang Jiao
  • Hui He
  • Wei Qian
  • Guanghua Li
  • Guangyao Shen
  • Xiao Li
  • Chong Ding
  • Douglas B. White
  • Stephen A. Scearce
  • Yaochao Yang
  • David Pommerenke, Missouri University of Science and Technology

This paper explored the possibility of building channel emulators by utilizing fused deposition modeling (FDM) three-dimensional (3-D) printing technology. The FDM 3-D printing provides a rapid and economic method to produce parts with different shapes. An optimizing algorithm was developed for obtaining the printing pattern and loss profile. Parts with different dielectric constants and loss tangents can be printed. Those parts will be placed or directly printed on a low-loss transmission line to modify its transmission or reflection. As a result, different channel emulators can be built to emulate the S-parameter and eye diagrams of a target channel with the advantage of avoiding complicated electronic components and only being limited in the frequency range by the transmission line and attached connectors.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Center/Lab(s)
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Laboratory
Keywords and Phrases
  • 3D printers,
  • Electric lines,
  • Scattering parameters,
  • Transmission line theory,
  • Channel emulators,
  • Electromagnetic materials,
  • Electronic component,
  • Fused deposition modeling,
  • Low loss transmission lines,
  • Optimizing algorithm,
  • Printing technologies,
  • Threedimensional (3-d),
  • Printing
Document Type
Article - Journal
Document Version
File Type
© 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.
Publication Date
Citation Information
Xiangyang Jiao, Hui He, Wei Qian, Guanghua Li, et al.. "Designing a 3-D Printing-Based Channel Emulator with Printable Electromagnetic Materials" IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility Vol. 57 Iss. 4 (2015) p. 868 - 876 ISSN: 0018-9375
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