An Accurate and Computationally Efficient Tool Using UTD on Large Meshed Geometries

Conference: EuCAP 2009 - 3rd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
03/23/2009 - 03/27/2009 at Berlin, Germany

Proceedings: EuCAP 2009

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Bencivenga, B.; Mioc, F.; Foged, L. J. (SATIMO, Via dei Castelli Romani 59, 00040 Pomezia, Italy)
Sabbadini, M. (ESA, ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG, Noordwijk ZH, The Netherlands)
Filippone, S. (Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Dip. di Ingegneria Meccanica, Via del Politecnico, 1, 00133, Roma, Italy)
Giampaolo, E. di (Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Dip. di Informatica, Sistemi e Produzione, Via del Politecnico, 1, 00133 Roma, Italy)

Asymptotic (GTD) analysis of antenna farms and of the scattering from complex and electrically large geometries is commonly used to predict installed antenna patterns on satellites and space platforms, ships, planes, and other vehicles or antennas operating in urban environments. Yet the overwhelming majority of existing commercial tools requires dedicated models or incurs in very large computational costs when a meshed geometry, like those used for integral methods, is used. Besides other possible problems, the fact alone of being forced to use several different electromagnetic models of the same object poses traceability issues and requires duplication of effort, making a complete analysis quite expensive. The Astigmatic Beam Tracer (ABT) has been updated to improve its performance with large meshed geometries (aircrafts, satellites, ships) achieving a unique modelling capability. The numerical modelling of the environment based on beam tracing (ABT) and SATIMO measurements capability have been combined in SATSim software. The updated tool has been tested on several scenes with increasing complexity and the corresponding computational cost has been evaluated, confirming the expected speed and accuracy.