The idea to design and build a microwave anechoic chamber and antenna data acquisition system for teaching and research in the areas of Antennas, EMC, and EMI was actively pursued in the spring semester of 1996. It was decided that the design and construction of the anechoic chamber and antenna data acquisition system shall be accomplished by the students and faculty members of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
A grant proposal was submitted in the spring semester of 1996 to the College of Engineering and Technology Faculty Research Awards committee seeking funds for the project. The requested grant was awarded. The project was also supported by funds from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Northrop-Grumman Corporation grant.
Graduate students under the guidance of Dr. Prasad Shastry designed the anechoic chamber. The details of the design of the chamber are documented in the Phase-I report of the project. The Bradley University maintenance and construction crew built the wooden chamber. Dr. Shastry and, his graduate and senior undergraduate students installed the microwave absorbers in the chamber.
Dr. Prasad Shastry and Dr. Winfred Anakwa jointly advised a graduate student who designed and developed the antenna data acquisition system for the anechoic chamber. Preliminary characterization of the anechoic chamber was also done by the student. The details of the development of the data acquisition system and the characterization of the anechoic chamber can be found in the student's Master's thesis.
Mr. David Miller, Mechanical Shop, College of Engineering and Technology, assisted in the design and construction of the rotating pedestal for the receiving antenna in the anechoic chamber. The project was educational for the students involved. The people who worked on this project and the funding sources have been acknowledged at the end of this page.
The anechoic chamber and the antenna data acquisition system is being used for instruction in the Microwave and Wireless Engineering laboratory course and, graduate and senior undergraduate capstone projects. For additional details of the anechoic chamber and the antenna data acquisition system,
Dr.Prasad Shastry may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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