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Title: 3-D printed microwave and tetrahertz passive components
Author: Salek, Milan
ISNI:       0000 0004 9358 6863
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis presents the design of microwave and terahertz filters, fabricated using different types of 3-D printing technology. The work demonstrates the potential of using 3-D printing in the fabrication of microwave and terahertz passive components. The first project introduces a compact coaxial cavity resonator filter which was fabricated using stereolithography 3 D printing process. The size and volume of this filter reduced by almost half, by fitting one resonator inside another resonator. This filter is ideal for fabrication by 3 D printing, as such a complex structure cannot be made easily by other methods. This project demonstrates the advantage of using 3-D printing in fabrication of components with complex structures. The second project introduces three waveguide bandpass filters operating at centre frequency of 90 GHz, which were fabricated using the micro laser sintering process. The filters were the highest frequency metal 3-D printed filters reported at the time of publication. The third project introduces two waveguide filters operating at centre frequency of 180 GHz, which were also fabricated using the micro laser sintering process. These are the world highest frequency waveguide filters fabricated by a metal 3-D printing process. The capability of reproducibility of the micro laser sintering process is also discussed in this thesis. The fourth project introduces a hybrid coaxial bandpass filter with two symmetrical transmission zeros, which was fabricated using stereolithography 3-D printing process. In this project the main-line couplings and input/ output coupling were realized using PCB lines, the idea of using PCB lines instead of coupling irises or probes is to allow different topologies to be designed easily by altering the PCB layout. Finally, the fifth project introduces a terahertz waveguide bandpass filter with embedded H plane waveguide bends. This filter is being fabricated using 3-D screen printing.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: EPSRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Q Science (General) ; QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science ; QC Physics ; TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering