Carbon Foam Antenna Applications
CFOAM® Carbon Foam has been shown to be especially well suited for advanced radar antenna construction, due to its highly desirable combination of tailorable physical and electrical properties.
|Advanced radar systems such as Advanced Electronically Scanned Aperture (AESA) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) take advantage of the long-range propagation characteristics of radar signals and the complex information processing capability of modern digital electronics to provide high-resolution imagery. A limiting factor in the performance of these systems is the size, dimensional stability, and electrical characteristics of their antennae.
CFOAM® carbon foam is low cost, lightweight, and exhibits good spatial stability over temperature and under vibration.
CFOAM® carbon foam can also be manufactured so that it has the desired electrical resistance, dielectric constant, and radar reflection coefficient. CFOAM® carbon foam can be produced in any variety of near-net-shape design configurations and machined to the exact required physical dimensions for the antenna assembly. A flame-sprayed metal backing can be added to facilitate the use of fasteners.
CFOAM® is a registered trademark of CFOAM LLC.