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Effects of Plastic Vehicular Covers on Radiation Characteristics of Lightweight, Dual-band Antenna for Vehicular Communications
  • Adamantia Chletsou,
  • John Locke,
  • John Papapolymerou
Adamantia Chletsou
Michigan State University

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John Locke
Ford Motor Company
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John Papapolymerou
Michigan State University
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This paper highlights the impact of curved and flat vehicular plastic parts on the radiation characteristics of two dual-band antennas for C-V2X applications. The radiation patterns of the antennas are measured in SATIMO near field measurement system and are compared during the following setups: (a) antennas alone in the near field system, without the presence of a plastic part; (b) antennas mounted on the inside curved surface of a driver’s side mirror cover; (c) antennas mounted on the outside curved surface of the driver’s side mirror cover; (d) antennas mounted on a flat trunk lid; (e) antennas mounted on a curved plastic retrieved from the A-pillar of a vehicle. Comparison among the antennas radiation pattern measurements during these different setups, results in the conclusion that the inside surface of the side mirror cover is the most suitable position to mount the presented dual-band antennas. The curvature of the inside surface at the point where the antenna was mounted is less steep than the placement point at the outside surface, allowing the antenna to keep its polarization axis mostly unaffected. Moreover, the curve of the inside surface makes the antenna radiation more directional, creating an increase in the antenna gain. The side mirror cover, compared to trunk lid, is further from the ground protecting the antenna radiation from additional reflections.
19 May 2022Submitted to The Journal of Engineering
20 May 2022Submission Checks Completed
20 May 2022Assigned to Editor
30 May 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
08 Jun 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
14 Jun 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Major
26 Jun 20221st Revision Received
28 Jun 2022Assigned to Editor
28 Jun 2022Submission Checks Completed
28 Jun 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
06 Jul 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 Jul 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
17 Jul 20222nd Revision Received
18 Jul 2022Submission Checks Completed
18 Jul 2022Assigned to Editor
18 Jul 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
25 Jul 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
30 Jul 2022Editorial Decision: Accept
Oct 2022Published in The Journal of Engineering volume 2022 issue 10 on pages 1017-1031. 10.1049/tje2.12192