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PhD in Additive Manufactured Antennas and Arrays for 5G Automotive Communication Technologies

Project Description

Underpinning future automotive wireless communications equipment will be cost-effective, small form factor, low power (yet high performance) reconfigurable antenna array systems. In particular, the field of millimetre wave (mm-wave) antenna and associated circuit design has experienced a resurgence of interest, due to anticipated applications in 5G mobile and vehicular systems at 28GHz, 73GHz and above. This programme of research aims to develop low cost reconfigurable mm-wave arrays using the latest additive manufacturing and micromachining techniques to realise conformal automotive integrated transceivers.

The researcher can expect to become involved in the design, analysis and measurement of novel mm-wave antenna array and associated RF and control circuitry for antenna beam forming and steering. Automotive 5G applications require highly directional antennas to be used, implemented using planar arrays of tightly coupled antennas. One key aspect of the research investigates suitable techniques to enable multiple reconfigurable beamforming without recourse to traditional and expensive digital phase shifting. Hybrid distributed analogue beamforming is proposed using a combination of discrete switched passive RF devices as well as continuously tuneable phase shifting. The latter is proposed to be investigated using a range of tuneable dielectric materials such as liquid crystal. Another research focus will address advanced beam-forming algorithms that need to be developed for compact beam-steering systems with improved performances and targeted for ultra-high-data-rate wireless autonomous systems. The use of conventional and innovative additive manufacturing processes is also of interest as well as other novel emerging fabrication techniques.

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provide unique educational opportunities to the Defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organisations.

Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire and at Cranfield University Bedfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for postgraduate education at the Defence Academy, training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership.

The Group is working on several areas of wireless communications and radar technology including 5G, radar, satellite and remote sensing imaging systems. The technology emerging from this project will contribute to these research themes, their associated test platforms and demonstrator systems.

It is expected that research results will be presented in high impact conferences and published in peer reviewed journals. This will allow several opportunities to present our research at national and international conferences, workshops and exhibitions.

This is an opportunity to acquire research knowledge and develop unique design and analysis skills in cutting edge next generation 5G automotive antenna communication technologies which is industrially relevant research aligned to Cranfield manufacturing research strategy.

Funding Notes

This exciting 3.5 year project is for self-funded students only. You need to be able to cover at least fees (UK/EU approx. £4,260 per year; International approx. £18,500 per year) and your living expenses (minimum of £16,500 per year is recommended).


If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form. Please quote the following title and reference number: PhD in "Additive Manufactured Antennas and Arrays for 5G Automotive Communication Technologies" with the reference number PHDCSE01. In addition to the application form, please attach a covering or motivational letter as well as a CV.

For further information contact us today:

CDS Admissions office
T: +44 (0)1793 785220
E: [email protected]

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