The Impact of Modern Robotics, Data Analysis, and CEM Simulation on Antenna and EMC Measurements

Traditional antenna and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) test facilities are designed with specific measurement applications in mind. As a result, these facilities tend to have fixed measurement geometries with much of the range performance analysis being performed only once during the design phase of the test facility implementation. Modern antenna and EMC measurement ranges that employ multi-axis robotic positioners, however, provide a near limitless degree of re-configurability in terms of measurement types and scan geometries. Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Model Based Development (MBD) approaches can be employed to dramatically reduce the time, effort, and cost associated with the test development and validation phases of a given program. ETS-Lindgren supports this emerging technology by providing test facilities, including chambers, absorber, and components such as antennas and positioners. 

In a 90-minute IEEE EMC Society Chapter webinar scheduled on Tuesday, December 15 2020, Zhong Chen, ETS-Lindgren's Director of RF Engineering, will join industry experts Stuart Gregson, Next Phase Measurements LLC's Director of Operations and Research, and Jason Bommer, Ansys' Lead Application Engineer, to explain how this emerging technology works and discuss its future applications, including 5G measurements. 

  • Dennis Lewis, The Boeing Company's Technical Fellow and Seattle IEEE EMC Chapter Chair, will host the webinar titled "Emerging Technologies: The Impact of Modern Robotics, Data Analysis, and CEM Simulation on Antenna and EMC Measurements in 2021 and Beyond!"  
  • Dr. Gregson will begin the technical program with his presentation "Traditional to Modern Antenna Test Environments: Overview of a New Dual Multi-Axis Robotic Antenna Test System Highlighting the Impact of Modern Robotics and CEM Simulation."  
  • Following this overview, Mr. Chen will present "Extending the Usable Low Frequency Range of an Anechoic Chamber for Antenna Calibrations Using a Time Domain Deconvolution Filter." An integral part of the efficiency of this emerging technology is the computational electromagnetics (CEM) software. 
  • Mr. Bommer will conclude the technical program and provide insight on the novel software used in his presentation "An Overview of Hybrid Computational Techniques for Antenna Measurement System Design."  
  • Following these presentations, Mr. Lewis will moderate a live Q&A session with all speakers.

ETS-Lindgren is the leading manufacturer of antenna and EMC test and measurement products, including the Model 3180C Antenna and Model EHP Absorber shown in Mr. Chen's presentation. For longer than 75 years and with more than 50,000 installations worldwide, ETS-Lindgren offers a wide range of products renowned for setting the research, development, production, and service standards of the antenna and EMC test and measurement industry. The company offers standard and customized solutions, including the novel dual robot range featured in the webinar.

There are many varied applications that can apply this to in order to increase productivity and reduce measurement uncertainty as well as cost. For example, it is usually impractical to calibrate antennas in an anechoic chamber down to the VHF frequency range because absorbers do not perform adequately at these frequencies. In this presentation, Zhong Chen will share how these calibration measurements can be made using advanced post-processing techniques. Future applications may include 5G measurements as part of R&D plans for 2021 to take this technology to the next level.

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