Software Solutions for Antenna Design Exploration: A Comparison of Packages, Tools, Techniques and Algorithms for Various Design Challenges

Vic Grout, Mobayode Akinsolu, Bo Liu, Pavlos Lazaridis, Keyur Mistry, Zaharias Zaharis

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Numerous software packages exist for solving antenna design optimization problems, with many of these employing a variety of approaches, leading, in turn, to variations in optimization performance. Antenna designers, often not fully schooled in optimization, can be confused as to which algorithm in which software package should be used. A wrong choice can cause the failure of the optimization or the expending of considerable time on the computationally expensive 3D electromagnetic (EM) simulations involved. While it is true that the various algorithms, combined with the variety of complex challenges found in different real-world scenarios make a direct comparison among tools difficult, a robust attempt at such an evaluation is overdue.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8699103
Pages (from-to)48-59
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
Issue number3
Early online date25 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


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