# ENE 428 Microwave Engineering

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ENE 428 Microwave Engineering
Lecture 6 Transmission lines problems and microstrip lines RS

Review Input impedance for finite length line Quarter wavelength line
Half wavelength line Smith chart A graphical tool to solve transmission line problems Use for measuring reflection coefficient, VSWR, input impedance, load impedance, the locations of Vmax and Vmin

Ex1 ZL = 25+j50 , given Z0 = 50  and the line length is 60 cm, the wavelength is 2 m, find Zin. Ex2 A 0.334 long TL with Z0 = 50  is terminated in a load ZL = 100-j100 . Use the Smith chart to find a) L b) VSWR c) Zin d) the distance from load to the first voltage minimum

Ex3 ZL = 80-j100  is located at z = 0 on a lossless 50  line,
given the signal wavelength = 2 m, find a) If the line is 0.8 m in length, find Zin. b) VSWR c) What is the distance from load to the nearest voltage maximum d) what is the distance from the input to the nearest point at which the remainder of the line could be replaced by a pure resistance?

Ex4 A 0.269- long lossless line with Z0 = 50  is terminated
in a load ZL = 60+j40 . Use the Smith chart to find a) L b) VSWR c) Zin d) the distance from the load to the first voltage maximum

Impedance matching To minimize power reflection from load Zin = Z0
Matching techniques 1. Quarter - wave transformers for real load 2. single - stub tuners 3. lumped – element tuners The capability of tuning is desired by having variable reactive elements or stub length.

Simple matching by adding reactive elements (1)
EX5, a load 10-j25  is terminated in a 50  line. In order for 100% of power to reach a load, ZLoad must match with Z0, that means ZLoad = Z0 = 50 . Distance d WTG = ( )  =  to point 1+ j2.3. Therefore cut TL and insert a reactive element that has a normalized reactance of -j2.3. The normalized input impedance becomes 1+ j2.3 - j2.3 = 1 which corresponds to the center or the Smith chart.

Simple matching by adding reactive elements (2)
The value of capacitance can be evaluated by known frequency, for example, 1 GHz is given.

Single stub tuners Working with admittance (Y) since it is more convenient to add shunt elements than series elements Stub tuning is the method to add purely reactive elements Where is the location of y on Smith chart? We can easily find the admittance on the Smith chart by moving 180 from the location of z. Ex6 let z = 2+j2, what is the admittance?

Stub tuners on Y-chart (Admittance chart) (1)
There are two types of stub tuners Shorted end, y =  (the rightmost of the Y chart) opened end, y = 0 (the leftmost of the Y chart) Short-circuited shunt stub Open-circuited shunt stub

Stub tuners on Y-chart (Admittance chart) (2)
Procedure Locate zL and then yL. From yL, move clockwise to 1  jb circle, at which point the admittance yd = 1  jb. On the WTG scale, this represents length d. 2. For a short-circuited shunt stub, locate the short end at 0.250 then move to jb, the length of stub is then l and then yl = jb. 3. For an open-circuit shunt stub, locate the open end at 0, then move to jb. 4. Total normalized admittance ytot = yd+yl = 1.

Ex7 What about the open-circuited stub?

Microstrip (1) The most popular transmission line since it can be fabricated using printed circuit techniques and it is convenient to connect lumped elements and transistor devices. By definition, it is a transmission line that consists of a strip conductor and a grounded plane separated by a dielectric medium

Microstrip (2) The EM field is not contained entirely in dielectric so it is not pure TEM mode but a quasi-TEM mode that is valid at lower microwave frequency. The effective relative dielectric constant of the microstrip is related to the relative dielectric constant r of the dielectric and also takes into account the effect of the external EM field. Typical electric field lines Field lines where the air and dielectric have been replaced by a medium of effective relative permittivity, eff

Microstrip (2.1) Some typical dielectric substrates are RT/Duroid® (a trademark of Rogers Corporation, Chandler, Arizona), which is available with several values of εr (e.g. ε = 2.23εo, ε = 6εo, ε = 10.5εo, etc.); quartz (ε = 3.7εo); alumina (ε = 9εo) and Epsilam-109® (ε = 10εo). Various substrate materials are available for the construction of microstrip lines, with practical values of εr ranging from 2 to 10. The substrate material comes plated on both sides with copper, and an additional layer of gold plating on top of the copper is usually added after the ckt pattern is etched in order to prevent oxidation. Typical plating thickness of copper is from ½ mils to 2 mils (1 inch = 1000 mils). The value of εr and the dielectric thickness (h) determine the width of the microstrip line for a given Zo. These parameters also determine the speed of propagation in the line, and consequently its length. Typical thickness are 25, 30, 40, 50 and 100 mils.

Microstrip (3) Therefore in this case and and
The evaluation of up, Zo and λ in microstrip line requires the evaluation of εeff and C. There are different methods for determining εeff and C and, of course, closed-form expressions are of great importance in microstrip-line design. The evaluation of εeff and C based on a quasi-TEM mode is accurate for design purposes at lower microwave freq. However, at higher microwave freq, the longitudinal components of the EM fields are significant and the quasi-TEM assumption is no longer valid.

Evaluation of the microstrip configuration (1)
Consider t/h < and assume no dependence of frequency, the ratio of w/h and r are known, we can calculate Z0 as

Evaluation of the microstrip configuration (2)
Assume t is negligible, if Z0 and r are known, the ratio w/h can be calculated as The value of r and the dielectric thickness (h) determines the width (w) of the microstrip for a given Z0.

Characteristic impedance of the microstrip line versus w/h

Normalized wavelength of the microstrip line versus w/h

Ex8 A microstrip material with r = 10 and h = 1
Ex8 A microstrip material with r = 10 and h = mm is used to build a TL. Determine the width for the microstrip TL to have a Z0 = 50 . Also determine the wavelength and the effective relative dielectric constant of the microstrip line.

Wavelength in the microstrip line
Assume t/h  0.005,

Attenuation (losses in microstrip lines)
conductor loss dielectric loss radiation loss where c = conductor attenuation (Np/m) d = dielectric attenuation (Np/m

Conductor attenuation
If the conductor is thin, then the more accurate skin resistance can be shown as

Dielectric attenuation

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