3D Printed Bifunctional Triple-Band Heatsink Antenna for RF and Thermal Energy Harvesting

Azamat Bakytbekov, Zere Iman, Atif Shamim

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Future IoT environment requires billions of wireless sensor nodes where energy consumption of these devices will be a concern. This problem can be solved by harvesting energy from ambient environment to power these sensor nodes. Ambient RF and thermal energy have a great potential, as both of them are available in most of the places. When combining these two energy harvesters into one module, optimized design is required. This work presents a bifunctional heatsink antenna, which serves as a part of a triple-band RF energy harvester (GSM900, GSM1800 and 3G) and also acts as a heatsink which boosts the performance of the thermal energy harvester. The antenna has been designed by using Ansys HFSS and Solidworks in parallel for optimal RF and thermal performances. Average 3dB of gain boost for antenna performance and 3 times more heat transfer is achieved when heatsink antenna is used compared to flat antenna.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-6671-1
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-02-23
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2015-Sensors-2700
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge the KAUST Sensor Initiative, under award OSR-2015-Sensors-2700, for the financial support.


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