WET  Vol.3 No.1 , January 2012
A Comprehensive Parametric Study of Planar Inverted-F Antenna
This paper presents a comprehensive numerical and experimental study of Planar Inverted-F Antennas (PIFA) involving all the parameters which may affect the characteristics of PIFA. It is found that PIFA characteristics are affected by a number of parameters including the dimensions of the ground plane, length, width, height and position of the top plate, positions and widths of shorting pin/plate and feed pin/plate. It is also found that the width of feed plate plays an important role in broadening the antenna bandwidth. It is shown that a fractional impedance bandwidth up to 65% can be obtained using an optimized design. Furthermore, a new empirical formula is introduced for the estimation of the central operational frequency of PIFA. These results are very useful for aiding PIFA design in practical applications.

Cite this paper
H. Chattha, Y. Huang, M. Ishfaq and S. Boyes, "A Comprehensive Parametric Study of Planar Inverted-F Antenna," Wireless Engineering and Technology, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2012, pp. 1-11. doi: 10.4236/wet.2012.31001.
[1]   K. Hirasawa and M. Haneishi, “Analysis, Design, and Measurement of Small and Low-Profile Antennas,” Artech House, Boston, 1992.

[2]   C. A. Balanis, “Modern Antenna Handbook,” John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2008.

[3]   P. S. Hall, E. Lee and C. T. P. Song, “Planar Inverted-F Antennas, Chapter 7,” in: by R. Waterhouse, Ed., Printed Antennas for Wireless Communications, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2007.

[4]   Y. Huang and K. Boyle, “Antennas: From Theory to Practice,” John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2008.

[5]   Z. Li, Y. Rahmat-Samii and T. Kaiponen, ”Bandwidth Study of a Dual Band PIFA on a Fixed Substrate for Wireless Communication,” IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 1, Provo, 2003, pp. 22-27.

[6]   P. Song, P. S. Hall, H. Ghafouri-Shiraz and D. Wake, “Triple Band Planar Inverted F Antenna for Handheld Devices,” Electronics Letters, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2000, pp. 112-114. doi:10.1049/el:20000131

[7]   D. Liu and B. Gaueher, “A Tri-Band Antenna for WLAN Applications,” Proceedings of the IEEE Antenna Propagation Society International Symposium and USNC/ URSI National Radio Science Meeting, Vol. 2, Columbus, June 2003, pp. 18-21.

[8]   M. Manteghi and Y. R. Samii, “Novel compact Tri-Band Two-Element and Four-Element MIMO Antenna Designs,” IEEE Antenna Propagation Society International Symposium, Albuquerque, 9-14 July 2006, pp. 4443-4446. doi:10.1109/APS.2006.1711620

[9]   Y. Gao, C. C. Chiau, X. Chen and C. G. Parini, “A Compact Dual-Element PIFA Array for MIMO Terminals,” Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference, Loughborough, 4-5 April 2005.

[10]   H. Haruki and Kobayashi, “The Inverted-F Antenna for Portable Radio Units,” Conv. Rec. IECE Japan (in Japanese), March 1982, p. 613.

[11]   K. L. Wang, “Planar Antennas for Wireless Communications,” Wiley-Interscience, Hoboken, 2003.

[12]   P. S. Hall, C. T. P. Song, H. H. Lin, H. M. Chen, Y. F. Lin and P. S. Cheng, “Parametric Study on the Characteristics of Planar Inverted-F Antenna,” IEE Proceeding of Microwave Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 152, No. 6, 2005.

[13]   Inverted F Antenna Design. http://www.supernec.com/ifa.htm.

[14]   K. L. Virga, and Y. R. Samii, “Low-Profile Enhanced-Bandwidth PIFA Antennas for Wireless Communication Packaging,” IEEE Transaction on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 45, No. 10, 1997, pp. 1879-1888. doi:10.1109/22.641786

[15]   N. A. Saidatul, A. A. H. Azremi, P. J. Soh, R. B. Ahmad and S. R. Norra, “A Parametric Study of Broadband Planar Inverted F Antenna for WLAN Application,” International Conference on Electronic Design, Penang, 1-3 December 2008, pp. 1-6.

[16]   T. Y. Wu and K. L. Wong, “On the Impedance Band0 width of a Planar Inverted-F Antenna for Mobile Handsets,” Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2002, pp. 249-251. doi:10.1002/mop.10145

[17]   H. M. Chen and Y. F. Lin, “Experimental and Simulated Studies of Planar Inverted-F Antenna,” IEEE International Workshop on Antenna Technology, Singapore, 7-9 March 2005, pp. 299-302.

[18]   M. C. Huynh and W. Stutzman, “Ground Plane Effects on Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA) Performance,” IEE Proceedings Microwave Propagation, Vol. 150, No. 4, 2003, pp. 209-213.

[19]   A. T. Arkko, “Affects of Ground Plane Size on the Free-Space Performance of Mobile Handset PIFA Antenna,” Nokia Corporation, Nokia Mobile Phones, Espoo.

[20]   A. T. Arkko and E. A. Lehtola, “Simulated Impedance Bandwidths, Gains, Radiation Patterns and SAR Values of a Helical and a PIFA Antenna on Top of Different Ground Planes,” 11th International Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 2, 17-20 April 2001, pp. 651-654. doi:10.1049/cp:20010370

[21]   A. K. Bhattacharya, “Effects of Ground Plane and Dielectric Truncations on the Efficiency of a Printed Structure,” IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, Vol. 39, No. 3, 1991, pp. 269-272.

[22]   S. Fujio, “Effects of Ground Size on Plate Inverted-F Antenna,” IEEE International Workshop on Antenna Technology, Small Antennas and Novel Materials, White Plain, 6-8 March 2006, pp. 269-272. doi:10.1109/IWAT.2006.1609027

[23]   D. Liu and B. Gaucher, “The Inverted-F Antenna Height Effects on Bandwidth,” IEEE Antenna Propagation Society International Symposium, Washington, 3-8 July 2005, pp. 367-370.

[24]   M. C. Fabres, E. A. Daviu, A. V. Nogueira and M. F. Bataller, “The Theory of Characteristic Modes Revisited: A Contribution to the Design of Antennas for Modern Applications,” IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 49, No. 5, 2007, pp. 52-68.

[25]   H. T. Chattha, Y. Huang and Y. Lu, “PIFA Bandwidth Enhancement by Changing the Widths of Feed and Shorting Plates,” IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, Vol. 8, Salt Lake City, 2009, pp. 637-640. doi:10.1109/LAWP.2009.2023251

[26]   R. Feick, H. Carrasco, M. Olmos and H. D. Hristov, “PIFA Input Bandwidth Enhancement by Changing Feed Plate Silhouette,” Electronics Letters, Vol. 40, No. 5, 2007, pp. 921-922.