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A Novel Radiator for a 2.4 GHz Wireless Unit to Monitor Rail Stress and Strain

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3 Author(s)
Browne, K.E. ; Ohio State Univ., Columbus ; Chi-Chih Chen ; Volakis, J.L.

A novel mobile antenna structure is presented to relay stress and strain data on railroad tracks. The antenna structure is a unique design employing dual probe-fed radiating cavities integrated with a Zigbee IEEE 802.15.4 wireless transceiver. This structure is mounted against the rail web and has a compact design to ensure survivability. A dielectric filler is employed inside each radiating cavity to minimize cavity width and protect the integrity of the mobile antenna structure. Measurements are given for a fabricated prototype to verify simulated performance characteristics.

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:56 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

March 2008

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