8 April 2010 Smart antenna technology for structural health monitoring applications
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A smart antenna has been developed for structural health monitoring. The antenna is based on Monarch's GEN 2 selfstructuring antenna (SSA) technology and provides polarization and beam-diversity for improving signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The antenna works with University of Michigan's Narada platform, where a microcontroller monitors the RSSI and selects the best beam to maintain reliable RF link. Antenna has two wide beams for each polarization and the beams are selected by applying appropriate DC voltages to the RF switches on the antenna aperture. Paper presents the GEN C antenna, which is a smaller version of the GEN 2B with comparable performance features.
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Tayfun Özdemir, Tayfun Özdemir, Yuriy Goykhman, Yuriy Goykhman, Larry Oberdier, Larry Oberdier, Jerome Lynch, Jerome Lynch, } "Smart antenna technology for structural health monitoring applications", Proc. SPIE 7649, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2010, 76490M (8 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847602; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.847602
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