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Multiband and Compact Fractal Antenna for Wireless Communication

Maheshkumar Ninu Patil, Bhagwan Swaroop Sharma
  1. P.G. Student, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, RKDF Institute of Science & Technology, Bhopal, India
  2. Professor, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, RKDF Institute of Science & Technology, Bhopal, India
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Antennas with low profile, compact size, multiband are in great insist in modern telecommunication system. Fractal antennas are simple, light weight and compact in size. Sierpinski carpet geometry based rectangular patch fractal antenna is described in this paper. Multiband antenna offers multiple telecommunication services in to single device. This leads to design multiband fractal antenna for wireless communication systems. Here, microstrip line feed method is used to excite the antenna. It is found that increase in number of iterations, number of resonant frequencies increases. This paper presents the design of fractal antennae on FR-4 substrate with dielectric constant 4.4 up to second iteration. The dimension of antennae is 13.5mm x 18mm and operates in frequency band between 4 GHz to 12GHz.


Fractal, Sierpinski carpet, Iteration, Multiband ,Compact.


According to Webster's Dictionary a fractal is defined as being "derived from the Latin ‘fractus’ meaning broken, uneven any of various extremely irregular curves or shape that repeat themselves at any scale on which they are examined." Mandelbrot offered the following definition: "A fractal is a shape made of parts similar to the whole in some way" Fractal antennas are based on the concept of a fractal, which is a recursively generated geometry that has fractional dimensions [1]. For most fractals, self-similarity concept can achieve multiple frequency bands because of different parts of the antenna are similar to each other at different scales. The combination of infinite complexity and detail and self similarity makes it possible to design antennas with very wideband performances [2]. Sierpinski carpet fractal antenna is the most widely studied fractal geometry for antenna application. The fractal antenna consists of geometrical shapes that are repeated. Each ones have a unique attributes. The self similarity that distributed on this antenna expected to cause its multi-band characteristic. On the others hand its can solve a traditional antenna that operate at single frequency [3]. Sierpinski fractal antennas shows highly desirable properties, including the compact size It is found that the size reductions of the K-Sierpinski carpet fractal antennas are almost determined by K-value and have a little relationship with the size of the antennas.[4]


M.F.Abd.Kadir, A. S.Ja’afar, M. Z. A. Abdul Aziz.[3] has been obtained multiband frequencies 1.63 GHz,4.99 GHz,5.45 GHz,7.68 GHz,8.68 GHz and 9.99 GHz up to second iteration for the range 1GHz to 10 GHz. Yin-kun Wang, Jian-shu Luo and Ying Li Elissa [4] has been presented a general K-sierpinski carpet fractal and its IFS codes. They found that reduction of K-sierpinski carpet fractal antenna are determined by K which helps to design compact antenna. M. K. A. Rahim, M. Z. A. Abdul Aziz, and N. Abdullah [5] has been obtained wideband operation sierpinski carpet monopole antenna with dimension 38mm x 38mm which covers frequency range from 2-10 GHz. R.Mohanamurali, T.Shanmuganantham[7] presented multiband antenna 1.8,5.59,5.78,6.4,6.63,7.84 GHz with dimension 37mm x 37mm. After this literature survey in this paper the design of multiband and compact fractal antenna with dimension 13.5mm x 18 mm is presented.


The proposed antenna is designed with basic rectangular patch with dimensions length of 13.5 mm and width 18 mm FR-4 substrate with dielectric constant 4.4 and loss tangent of 0.019.Height of substrate is 1.5 mm, resonant frequency 5GHz.Then fractal antenna is designed up to second iteration. Microstrip line feed is used to excite the antenna. The feed point must be located at that point where input impedance is of 50 Ohm for resonant frequency. Therefore a trial and error method is used to locate feed point. The design steps are as follows
7. First Iteration [3][7][8]
For first iteration the basic rectangular patch is divided by 9 smaller rectangle and removed the middle rectangle from it so the remaining rectangle is 8, by taking scale factor L1 =1/3
The area of Basic Rectangular patch antenna is
A=13.5mm x18mm =243 mm2
The length L and width W of small rectangular patch can be determined as
L2 = 13.5mm x L1
L2 = 13.5mm x 1/3= 4.5mm
W2 =18mm x L1
W2 =18mm x 1/3= 6mm
Area for small rectangle is 4.5mm x 6mm =27 mm2
Total area becomes after first iteration
A1 =243 mm2 - 27 mm2 =216 mm2
8. Second Iteration [3][7][8]
For Second iteration the remaining 8 rectangular Patch is divided by 9 smaller rectangles and removed the middle rectangle from all so the remaining rectangles are 64, by taking scale factor L3 =1/3. The area of small Rectangular patch antenna is


The results for designed antenna are shown in figure 4,5,6,7 and table from 1 to 7. The result includes return loss, radiation pattern and VSWR for rectangular patch, first iteration fractal antenna and second iteration fractal antenna.


In this paper antenna has been designed and simulated for wireless communication with a range of frequency 4GHz to 12GHz. The multiband frequencies obtained up to second iteration after applied fractal geometry. The size of antenna is reduced by 21% at second iteration as compared to rectangular patch antenna. The VSWR is between 1 to 1.8.Hence the proposed antenna is multiband and compact enough to be placed in wireless devices.


[1] B. B. Mandelbrot, “The Fractal Geometry of Nature”, New York, W. H. Freeman,1983.

[2] D.H. Werner and S. Ganguly, "An Overview of Fractal Antenna Engineering Research", IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine , vol. 45, no.1, pp. 38-57, 2003.

[3] M.F.Abd.Kadir, A. S.Ja’afar, M. Z. A. Abdul Aziz. “Sierpinski Carpet Fractal Antenna” Asia pacific conference on applied electromagnetic proceeding, December 4-6, 2007, Melaka MALAYSIA 1-4244-1435-0/07/©2007 IEEE.

[4] Yin-kun Wang, Jian-shu Luo and Ying Li Elissa, “Investigations on the K-Sierpinski Carpet Fractal Antenna” 2011 Cross Strait Quad- Regional Radio Science and Wireless Technology Conference, July 26-30, 2011 978-1-4244-9793-5/11/©2011 IEEE.

[5] M. K. A. Rahim, M. Z. A. Abdul Aziz, and N. Abdullah. “Wideband Sierpinski Carpet. Monopole Antenna” Asia pacific conference on applied electromagnetic proceeding, December20-21, 2005, Johor Bahru, Johor, MALAYSIA0-7803-9431-3/05/ ©2005 IEEE.

[6] C.A. Balanis, Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design, 3rd ed., Wiley, 2005.

[7] R.Mohanamurali, T.Shanmuganantham “Sierpinski Carpet Fractal Antenna for Multiband. Applications” International Journal of Computer Applications (0975 – 8887) Volume 39– No.14,February2012

[8] M. K. A. Rahim, N. Abdullah. and M. Z. A. Abdul Aziz. “ Microstrip Sierpinski Carpet Antenna Design” Antenna and propogation 2005 IEEE