Use of a combined expansion scheme to analyze microstrip antennas with the method of moments


  • G. A. E. Vandenbosch,

  • A. R. Van de Capelle


A new expansion scheme is introduced to solve the integral equations describing a microstrip antenna with the method of moments. The scheme offers both flexibility and a low number of expansion functions and thus an acceptable calculation time. The basic idea consists of constructing secondary entire domain expansion functions as fixed combinations of primary expansion functions. This special concept allows the solution of several problems concerning rapid variations of the currents on the patches in an efficient way without having to deal with an unacceptable number of expansion functions to describe the mutual coupling between the patches. The efficiency of the combined scheme is illustrated by a comparison of measured and calculated results for a linear eight-element microstrip array antenna.