21 May 2015 Characterization of radar cross section of carbon fiber composite materials
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Carbon fiber composite (CFC) materials have been used for many structural applications for decades. Their electromagnetic properties are also of great interest and are being quantified by recent research. This research explores shielding effectiveness, antenna design, conductivity, reflection, and absorption properties. The work in this paper specifically characterizes the radar cross section (RCS) of CFC structures. Various CFC planar samples were created using a wet layup method and vacuum bagging techniques. These samples were then placed in an anechoic chamber and their RCS values were measured at normal incidence. These measured values were compared to those of aluminum samples made into the same shape as the CFC samples. All of the measurements were made over 7 - 12 GHz frequency range. The RCS of the CFC samples show some interesting results. The fiber direction in the CFC samples had great influence on the RCS. Theories and reasoning for the results are presented and discussed.
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Elliot J. Riley, Elliot J. Riley, Erik H. Lenzing, Erik H. Lenzing, Ram M. Narayanan, Ram M. Narayanan, "Characterization of radar cross section of carbon fiber composite materials", Proc. SPIE 9461, Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI, 946103 (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2176750; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2176750


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