Free and Open Source Software Codes for Antenna Design: Preliminary Numerical Experiments

Alessandro Fedeli, Claudio Montecucco, Gian Luigi Gragnani

Abstract


In both industrial and scientific frameworks, free and open source software codes create novel opportunities in computational electromagnetics. One of the possible applications, which usually requires a large set of numerical tests, is related to antenna design. Despite the well-known advantages offered by open source software, it is not easy to obtain results with a high level of confidence, and to integrate open source modules in the production workflow. In this paper, a discussion about open source programs for antenna design is carried out. Furthermore, some preliminary results are presented and discussed also in comparison with the results obtained by means of commercial software.


Keywords:

Open source software; computational electromagnetics; method of moments; finite difference methods; time-domain analysis; antennas

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