Composites Part B: Engineering ( IF 7.635 ) Pub Date : 2020-01-20 , DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2020.107781 Fujun Xu; Kun Zhang; Yipping Qiu
Due to the multiple dimensional and embeddable characterizations, the three-dimensional woven structure is of great potential as a platform for multifunctional composites. As an example of this concept, we proposed a light-weight and high-gain three-dimensional woven spacer microstrip antenna (3DWS-MA) for the first time by integrating microstrip antenna into 3D woven spacer composites. The single-element 3DWS-MA showed superb electromagnetic performance with the gain value of 7.1 dB, which is more than four orders of magnitude higher than traditional microstrip antenna (2.5 dB). Furthermore, the 3DWS-MA maintained proper resonant frequency and impedance matching after the impact of 18 J, exhibiting excellent structural integrity.