This post describes a methodology for the design of a pyramidal horn antenna. Following posts build on it and provide more details. A pyramidal horn is a popular antenna that has very little loss and is used commonly in antenna systems. The structure of the pyramidal horn is shown in FIGURE 1.0 below.
The design of a horn like this begins with a specification. Usually the following parameters are given:
Gain (in dBi)
a (inches or cm) (usually the horn is fed from a waveguide)
b (inches or cm) (usually the horn is fed from a waveguide)
The problem is to find A and B, and other dimensions shown below. Once we have these dimensions, we can find other parameters of the antenna.
The usual procedure is to solve an equation to get a key parameter using the given specifications. This methodology will be outlined in this post and access to the equation solver will be provided. Subsequent posts will add more detail so that an engineer will be able to get a first cut design of the horn and fabricate it.
After the required key value is obtained through solving the equation the following steps are used to find the Horn parameters.
λ is the wavelength of the signal in cm. le is found from the solution of the equation.
Calculate B from this equation.
From B, λ, le and G calculate A. The equation to be used is:
G = (½)(4π/λ2)(AB)
Now we have A and B.
lh is found from the following equation:
A = sqrt(3λlh)
Calculate RH and RE from the following equation:
RE = (B -b)(sqrt[(le/B)2 – ¼)])
Since we are dealing with a pyramidal horn RE =RH
Use the following equation for R1:
lh2 = R12 + (A/2)2
Use the following equation to calculate R2:
le2 = R22 + (B/2)2
|The equation to be solved is:|
| The quantity σ has to be solved for. |
σ =le/λ . This equation is best solved numerically with a starting value of σ = G/2π√6. The Python program that was written to do this is available on request at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ref: This blog is partially based on “Antenna Theory and Design, by Warren L. Stutzman and Gary A. Thiele. The book was published by John Wiley and Sons, 1981.
Ref: The Python program was written by Anuj Tripathi, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Calculate the number of turns required for a given value of an inductor using a toroid.
Recently we published a calculator that provides the value of an inductor wound on a toroid given the number of turns of wire and other parameters.
A reverse calculator is provided now by SPG that calculates the number of turns needed to generate a given value of an inductor wound on a toroid. Please visit the SPG website and check under the “complementary” menu.
Inductance calculation for a toroidal inductor
The inductance of a toroidal inductor can be calculated using the following simple expression: L = AL*n*n/1000 uH. AL is a constant provided by the manufacturer of the toroid and n is the number of turns of wire.. Please visit the SPG website for more technical articles and items of interest.
Calculate resistance of a semiconductor layer
Colpitt’s oscillator frequency calculator
A recent post presented the Colpitt’s oscillator starting point with a schematic and simulation results. In addition, it also provided a link to the recent book by Ain Rehman on this oscillator available from Amazon that contains design information and an exhaustive list of references for further study for interested readers. This post suggests downloading the Colpitt’s oscillator frequency calculator from the SPG website. It provides a good starting point and sanity check on the design of a Colpitt’s oscillator for the user. Please visit the SPG website and look under the ” Complementary” menu item.
A wideband amplifier
This post describes a wideband amplifier designed in bipolar, CMOS, BiCMOS orSiGe technology. The circuit architecture is fairly simple to understand.
For more details please log in to the spg website and choose the “complementary” menu item and then ” A wideband amplifier”
3D printing for prototypes
3D design and printing has been gaining momentum recently for use in various applications — from microstructures to houses. Electronic enclosures and other parts are no exception. 3D design and printing is a quick way to make enclosures and fast prototypes using many different types of materials. The image below is a lighthearted print of a dragon. Be that as it may, if you want to print using a 3D printer please contact us for a bid as well. Please visit the SPG website for more information on our capabilities in electronics, ASICs and RF/Microwave modules.
Colpitt’s Oscillator book by Ain Rehman
Colpitt’s Oscillator: Theory, design, simulation, references: Rehman, Mr Ain: 9798406680810: Amazon.com: Books
A vector modulator is a very versatile device that can be used to adjust the amplitude and phase of a RF signal. i.e it combines the functions of phase shift and attenuator. A vector modulator is a key component in 5G networks and can be used as a beamformer. It can be used in generating complex signals such as QPSK and QAM. It is also used in digital predistortion networks for RF power amplifiers. Please visit the Signal Processing Group Inc website for more technical information and articles.