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Wimpie
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Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 5:50 pm    Post subject: reflectivity of wire mesh (wire screen) and parallel bars

hello,
Wire mesh or parallel bars are often used as a replacement for solid
reflectors (for example to reduce wind load).

Is there any practical formula, computer program or graph for
calculating the (plane wave) reflectivity/reflection coefficient of
wire mesh (for example chicken mesh)?

I am thinking of a formula where you have to enter cell/grid size, wire
thickness and frequency.

Why this question? A perfect large reflector looking into the sky has
a noise temperature (for micro waves) in order of some Kelvin. If the
surface has low reflectivity, the noise temperature increases because
of dissipation in the non-perfectly reflecting surface. Knowing the
reflectivity enables making a good compromise between mesh size, gain,

With kind regards,

Wim
Lorenzo
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Joined: 04 Jun 2005
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Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:54 pm    Post subject: Re: reflectivity of wire mesh (wire screen) and parallel bars

"Wimpie" <wimtel@tetech.nl> wrote in message
 Quote: hello, Wire mesh or parallel bars are often used as a replacement for solid reflectors (for example to reduce wind load). Is there any practical formula, computer program or graph for calculating the (plane wave) reflectivity/reflection coefficient of wire mesh (for example chicken mesh)? I am thinking of a formula where you have to enter cell/grid size, wire thickness and frequency. Why this question? A perfect large reflector looking into the sky has a noise temperature (for micro waves) in order of some Kelvin. If the surface has low reflectivity, the noise temperature increases because of dissipation in the non-perfectly reflecting surface. Knowing the reflectivity enables making a good compromise between mesh size, gain, wind load and antenna noise. With kind regards, Wim There are formulas for the roughness of the surface on the characteristics

of the antenna. A mesh or any nonsolid surface antenna just looks rough if
the holes are small enough. However, if the mesh is less than 1/10 of a
wavelength then the antenna looks pretty smooth and the gain will be close
to that achieved with a solid surface. There will be some additional
leakage through the antenna so the back to front ratio will be a bit worse
than for a solid. If the holes are less than 1/10 wavelength we assume that
the wires themselves will be much smaller than that and will have only a
minor effect on the pattern. Satellite antennas are often made of mesh or
of wires embedded in a resin ("hi grade fiberglass"). Such antennas
characteristically consist of two antennas, one above the other with the
wires in each at right angles thus providing two polarizations.
There is a lot of information on the web or in standard antenna design
texts.

Lorenzo

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