Dish Antenna (dishAntenna.sdf)


electromagnetics, antennas

Problem Description

The Dish Antenna simulation illustrates how to get the radiation pattern from a source in the presence of a complex shape.

This simulation can be performed with a VSimEM, VSimMD or VSimPD license.

Opening the Simulation

The Dish Antenna example is accessed from within VSimComposer by the following actions:

  • Select the NewFrom Example… menu item in the File menu.
  • In the resulting Examples window expand the VSim for Electromagnetics option.
  • Expand the Antennas option.
  • Select “Dish Antenna” and press the Choose button.
  • In the resulting dialog, create a New Folder if desired, and press the Save button to create a copy of this example.

All of the properties and values that create the simulation are now available in the Setup Window as shown in Fig. 182. You can expand the tree elements and navigate through the various properties, making any changes you desire. The right pane shows a 3D view of the geometry, if any, as well as the grid, if actively shown. To show or hide the grid, expand the Grid element and select or deselect the box next to Grid.

Setup Window

Fig. 182 Setup Window for the Dish Antenna example.

Simulation Properties

One can set the parameters of the grid and the source through the setup tree. The parameters are put under the Constants section.

Running the Simulation

After performing the above actions, continue as follows:

  • Proceed to the Run Window by pressing the Run button in the left column of buttons.
  • To run the file, click on the Run button in the upper left corner of the Logs and Output Files pane. You will see the output of the run in the Logs and Output Files pane. The run has completed when you see the output, “Engine completed successfully.” This is shown in Fig. 183.
Run Window

Fig. 183 The Run Window at the end of execution.

Visualizing the Results

After performing the above actions, continue as follows:

  • Proceed to the Visualize Window by pressing the Visualize button in the left column of buttons.

To view the electric field reflected from the dish antenna as shown in Fig. 184, do the following:

  • Expand Scalar Data
  • Expand E
  • Select E_x
  • Expand Geometries
  • Select poly (dishAntennaPecShapes)
  • Select Clip All Plots

It is easier to see the fields if you change the color scale minimum and maximum. To do so, click on the Colors button, and set a fixed minimum of -2 and a fixed maximum of 2.

Move the slider at the bottom of the right pane to see the electric field at different times.

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Fig. 184 Visualization of a slice of the electric field as a color contour plot at dump 19.

Further Experiments

Additional experiments worth investigating are:

  • Change the resolution to see whether more resolution gives a different answer.
  • Change the frequency of the source. Be careful, because at high frequencies with the chosen resolution, one will require a large amount of memory.