|Institution:||Högskolan i Gävle|
|Keywords:||MIMO; MPS system; Antenna array; Engineering and Technology; Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering; Teknik och teknologier; Elektroteknik och elektronik; Engineering and Technology; Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering; Communication Systems; Teknik och teknologier; Elektroteknik och elektronik; Kommunikationssystem; Engineering and Technology; Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering; Telecommunications; Teknik och teknologier; Elektroteknik och elektronik; Telekommunikation; Elektronik/Telekommunikationsteknik – masterprogram (sv eller eng); Electronics/Telecommunications – master’s programme (two years) (swe or eng); Electronics; Elektronik|
|Full text PDF:||http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-16403|
This thesis work presents a study on the impact of mutual coupling among antenna arrays on the performance of the multipath simulator (MPS) system. In MIMO systems, it is a wellknown fact that the mutual coupling significantly affects their system performance. The impact of mutual coupling on MIMO system performance is an important consideration for compact antenna arrays. Hence, it is very important to investigate the impact of mutual coupling on the accuracy of measurements in a MPS system. In this project, the impact of coupling within the MPS array antennas is addressed by performing simulations based on the proposed MPS scattering model which fulfills the far-field (Fraunhoferdistance) boundary conditions. The coupling phenomenon within the MPS array antennas is studied by designing a uniform circular array (UCA) of radius,R consisting of N<sub>MPS</sub> antennas with single device under test (DUT) antenna at the center. The elements of the array are matched half-wave dipole antennas and the phase of the array elements is kept constant throughout. In this work it is assumed that all the elements in the array are identical and located in the far-field region. This study is carried out by performing MPS simulations in HFSS at the LTE-A band of 2.6GHz. The approach used to model the entire system is by comparing the S-parameters (S<sub>21</sub>: Forward transmission coefficient parameter) between various array configuration. The simulation results suggest that the impact of mutual coupling increases with the number of MPS antennas and decreases with the radius of the MPS ring. Theradiated power is also measured with and without mutual coupling. Finally, it is concluded that the impact of coupling within the MPS antennas is best countered by designing a large MPS system (preferably R = 10λ or greater), despite the higher incurred costs.