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Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment of Printed Antennas for Sustainable Wireless Systems

Rajeev Kumar Kanth, Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment of Printed Antennas for Sustainable Wireless Systems. TUCS Dissertations 165. University of Turku, 2013.


In recent years, green design approaches and environment friendly ICT systems have become one of the major driving forces in ICT industry and academia. Along with the expansion of functional capability, design for low emissive manufacturing, reliability and adaptability emerge as critical concerns for ICT researchers. The goal of this research work is to design low profile, single and multiple band microstrip and fractal antennas, and to carry out an extensive study on their sustainability and life cycle assessment. This innovatively incorporates the issues such as wireless communication design paradigms, concept of conventional and modern printing methods, and environmentally friendly approaches during design and development. ICT for environmental sustainability is a vague field of scientific research. In this research work, we have carried out design, analysis and life cycle assessment of printed antennas.

This work has accomplished an integrated platform to create a concrete RF simulation, design and development of microstrip, fractal antenna and RFID tag based applications along with their environmental sustainability and life cycle analysis. The environmentally friendly design would be the prime objectives for each component of RF systems. An attempt has been made to demonstrate a quantitative picture of environmental emissions particularly emissions to air, fresh water, sea water and industrial soil in manufacturing process of ICT based applications. The core focus is to analyze the comparative environmental emissions between polymer and paper substrate printed antennas' production processes and also to carry out an extensive investigation on the life cycle stages including raw material preparation, production and end-of-life stage. This research work also includes a study on resources utilization for each antenna systems.

Specifically, effort has been made to resolve the following research questions through this work. What are the green and sustainable design methodologies for manufacturing microstrip, fractal and RFID based applications? What are the quantitative emissions in each life cycle stages of printed antennas? How severe are the impacts of environmental emissions? Based on this research experience, we have made an effort to formulate a course curriculum for ``Green ICT'' as one of the courses in engineering education.

BibTeX entry:

  title = {Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment of Printed Antennas for Sustainable Wireless Systems},
  author = {Kanth, Rajeev Kumar},
  number = {165},
  series = {TUCS Dissertations},
  school = {University of Turku},
  year = {2013},
  ISBN = {978-952-12-2971-8},

Belongs to TUCS Research Unit(s): Embedded Computer and Electronic Systems (ECES)

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