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Coplanar Waveguide-based Low Pass Filter Design with Non-uniform Signal Trace and Ground Planes Using Different Optimization Algorithms

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posted on 11.06.2019, 17:52 by Qizhen Li

In this study, a novel and systematic methodology for the design and optimization of conductor-backed coplanar waveguide (CB-CPW) based low pass filter (LPF) is proposed. The width of the signal trace is continuously varied using a truncated Fourier series, and the adjacent gaps are designed in several types established on a specific optimization setup to obtain predefined electrical characteristics with maximum compactness taking into account physical constraints. Trust-region-reflective algorithm (TRRA), genetic algorithm (GA), and particle swarm optimization algorithm (PSO) are taken into account to minimize the developed bound-constrained non-linear objective function respectively.

All types are programmed and analytically verified in MATLAB. Solutions include design parameters such as the physical length and width of the structure, which will be drawn in AutoCAD later on. Also, the optimized layouts are exported to Ansys High Frequency Structure Simulation (HFSS) software for simulation and validation. Non-uniform CB-CPW LPFs are optimized and simulated over a frequency range of 0-6 GHz with a cutoff frequency of 2 GHz. Simulation results show a good agreement with the analytical ones.


Degree Type

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus location


Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Khair Al Shamaileh

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Vijay Devabhaktuni

Additional Committee Member 2

Quamar Niyaz

Additional Committee Member 3

Lucy Yang