Low cost transmission line demonstrator for a novel intermediate level communication engineering laboratory
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This paper is devoted to the description of a transmission line laboratory demonstrator for intermediate level communication engineering students, within a course on radiation and guided waves. Student activities have been organized according to the needs of intermediate level students and the objectives of an introductory laboratory, which are substantially different from those of specialized laboratory activities aimed at higher level students and placed just before graduation. Since a large number of students attend these laboratory sessions before they choose their specialty, low cost is an unavoidable requirement to be considered. For this reason, the measurement set-up makes use of standard instrumentation, usually available in a basic electronic laboratory, which allows multiplication of work places at a reasonable cost. Both time domain reflectometry and sinusoidal steady state measurements are presented to characterize the main parameters of a coaxial line. However, discussions are mainly focused on sinusoidal measurements, which are scarce in the literature and exclusively devoted to slotted line measurements. The experimental work undertaken by the students gives them insight into main transmission line parameter and features: line impedance, propagation speed, its behavior as an impedance transformer, the complex nature of the measured magnitudes and the standing wave behavior of voltage and attenuation.
CitationTorres, F., Corbella, I., Cardama, A., Romeu, J., Galíndez, O. Low cost transmission line demonstrator for a novel intermediate level communication engineering laboratory. "IEEE transactions on education", Novembre 1998, vol. 41, núm. 4, p. 349.