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Description

In this filter design, tuning is achieved by modifying the configuration of the screws located
in the top face of the waveguide without changing the entire SolidWorks assembly. Here,
tuning focuses on the depth of penetration of the screws, i.e., keeping their diameters and
positions constant, in order to control the frequency response of the filter.They have low
SWR broad bandwidth and simple construction and adjustment
FIGURE 1: RF TUNABLE FILTER CONFIGURATIONNA
Simulation
A number of scattering parameters simula-
tions will run according to each configura-
tion. The frequency range for each simula-
tion is between 6 and 7 GHz. We can use the
fast sweep plan with a center frequency or
the discrete frequencies plan (in which we
run every frequency simulation individually)
for more precision.
Boundary Conditions
The filter is a Perfect Electric Conductor. We
can apply this boundary condition to the fac-
es of the model taking advantage of the skin
depth effect.

This hint can inspire the use different config-
urations to vary dimensions within the Solid-
works model and finally gather all results
in single plots for comparison. The model is
made of waveguide sections having dimen-
sions of 17.4x34.79 mm and iris sections hav-
ing dimensions of 17.4x23.22 mm. There are
13 tuning screws identified by S1-S13 in this
filter design.
The mesh has to take into consideration the varying parts of
the model which are the tuning screws. The mesh size has
to be conformal to the size of the screw and its penetration.
RESULTS
At the user defined center-fre-
quency, we can view the electric
and magnetic field in different set-
tings: i.e. iso and section clipping,
animating the field through vary-
ing its omega-T phase, changing
the colors of the chart to show
intensity... Here is an animation
showing the propagation of the
wave from input to output at 6.6
GHz (the center frequency of the
fast sweep frequency plan)
Figure 2: 3D Radiawape propagation in the filter
Mesh

This hint can inspire the use different config-
urations to vary dimensions within the Solid-
works model and finally gather all results
in single plots for comparison. The model is
made of waveguide sections having dimen-
sions of 17.4x34.79 mm and iris sections hav-
ing dimensions of 17.4x23.22 mm. There are
13 tuning screws identified by S1-S13 in this
filter design.
By using the section clipping feature, we can view the electric field distribution around one
screw. Here is a capture of en electric field spotted within one of the tuning screws. The
colors are intuitively interpreted: close to red is stronger, close to blue is weaker.
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Figure 3: Return Loss of the filter within various
configurations
As mentioned earlier, the results can
be gathered and illustrated in one
single plot for each parameter. This
plot shows which configuration suits
best the expectations of the designer.
More importantly, we can view the frequency response of the filter, and check up on its band- pass, for the
different configurations of the screw. We can see that from the following figure, playing around with the
screws dimensions can give us the best matching of the antenna
Figure 3: S21 Variations of the filter for different configurations
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