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3-D printed standards for calibration of microwave network analysers

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Title: 3-D printed standards for calibration of microwave network analysers
Authors: Jones, A
Lucyszyn, S
Marquez-Segura, E
Ridler, N
Skinner, J
Stokes, D
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This paper describes the design, fabrication and testing of 3-D printed primary standards for use with the calibration of microwave vector network analysers. The standards are a short-circuit and a quarter wavelength section of line that are designed for use with the Thru-Reflect-Line calibration technique. The standards are realised in metal-pipe rectangular waveguide, covering the frequency range from 12 GHz to 18 GHz (i.e., Ku-band). The standards are polymer-based 3-D printed, which is subsequently metal plated to provide the required electrical conductivity. The performance of the standards is compared with conventionally machined standards that are used as part of the UK’s primary national measurement system for microwave scattering parameters. The authors believe that this is the first time that 3-D printing techniques have been used to produce such calibration standards, and, that this could lead to a new approach to providing metrological traceability for these types of measurement.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance: 26-Feb-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/78201
DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2020.107682
ISSN: 0263-2241
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 1
End Page: 10
Journal / Book Title: Measurement
Volume: 158
Copyright Statement: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Electrical & Electronic Engineering
0102 Applied Mathematics
0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
0913 Mechanical Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Conference Place: United Kingdom
Article Number: 107682
Online Publication Date: 2020-03-03
Appears in Collections:Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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