Radio wave propagation studies through modern windows
1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-201709082871
|Publish Date:|| 2017-09-12
|Thesis type:||Master's thesis
It is a growing trend in the modern housing construction especially in northern parts of Europe and America to use modern windows with selective glasses in order to achieve the adequate thermal isolation. The idea is to conserve the energy and discourage the excess use of it following the guidelines of European commission, which aims to achieve zero energy buildings by 2020. Even though the use of such windows do address the energy issue at hand, but on the other hand they cause problems to the radio wave propagation through these windows. The reason for this is the use of metallic coating made of titanium oxide or silver oxide in general on these windows because of their good properties to provide thermal isolation, but are susceptible to deterioration of radio wave propagation through them.
Various solutions to this problem have been addressed in this thesis along with their tradeoffs. The previous and current research being carried out to address this issue also have been discussed thoroughly including the research that worked as the motivation to pursue this issue. Amongst others, one solution is the use of passive repeater to achieve the power gain which have been focused on. A prototype repeater antenna developed earlier at CWC and tested through measurements addresses the problem considerably well. Measurements were taken at EMC chamber, University of Oulu, within the frequency range of 700 MHz to 10 GHz, and the results have been compared and analyzed in this thesis. According to our findings, the repeater antenna under the test has shown promising results. In the future work, the proposed repeater can be tested in real life scenarios and its performance can be analyzed within the real life environmental constraints.
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