Millimeter-Wave Slotted Waveguide Array Antenna Manufactured by Metal Injection Molding for Automotive Radar Systems

Kunio SAKAKIBARA  Toshiaki WATANABE  Kazuo SATO  Kunitoshi NISHIKAWA  Kazuyuki SEO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E84-B   No.9   pp.2369-2376
Publication Date: 2001/09/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Innovation in Antennas and Propagation for Expanding Radio Systems)
Category: Millimeter-Wave Antennas
slot antenna,  waveguide antenna,  millimeter wave antenna,  automotive radar,  metal injection molding,  

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A novel millimeter-wave slotted waveguide array antenna is developed for automotive radar systems. An antenna structure suitable for mass-production is proposed in this paper. The waveguide is composed of two parts; an upper plate and a bottom plate. It is not necessary to contact each other closely because they are divided at the center of the broad wall of the waveguide where the electric current is small. In addition, grating lobes are suppressed by using a cylindrical cavity around each slot and by controlling the slot arrangement without using dielectric material in the waveguide. We have fabricated the proposed antenna by metal injection molding. The measured antenna efficiency results in 55%, which is quite high in comparison with any other conventional low cost millimeter-wave antenna. This efficiency is almost the same as that of the antenna fabricated by precision metal machining. In this paper, it is confirmed that the proposed antenna could be manufactured with low cost.