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       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler  part of atlc.


       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler [options... ] h t Er1 Er2
       Z Zodd_req Zeve_reg outfile.bmp


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       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler is part of the atlc,  CAD
       package   for  the  design  and  analysis  of  transmission  lines  and
       directional couplers. While the executable program atlc (as opposed  to
       the  complete  package  atlc)  is  able  to  analyse  the properties of
       directional couplers, telling you both the odd and even mode impedances
       Zodd and Zeven, it is not able to design a coupler to have specific odd
       and even mode impedances. The only way to use the program program atlc

       The parameters ’W’ and ’H’  and  the  inner  dimensions  of  the  outer
       conductor.   The  inner  conductor  has a diameter of ’d’ and is offset
       from the centre of the outer conductor by an  amount  ’x’  horizontally
       and  ’y’  vertically.  The space between the inner and outer conductors
       is a dielectric of relative permittivity  ’Er’.  If  there  is  just  a
       vacuum dielectric, then ’Er’ should be set to 1.0

       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler    d   W   H  x  y  Er  >
       filename.bmp OR
       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler -f filename.bmp d W H x y

       The  bitmaps  produced by find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler
       are 24-bit bit colour bitmaps, as are required by atlc.

       The permittivities of the bitmap, set by ’Er’, determine the colours in
       the bitmap. If Er1 is 1.0, 1.006, 2.1, 2.2, 2.33, 2.5, 3.3, 3.335, 3.7,
       4.8, 10.2 or 100 then the colour  corresponding  to  that  permittivity
       will be set according to the colours defined in COLOURS below. If Er is
       not one of those permittivities, the region of permittivity Er will  be
       set  to  the colour 0xCAFF00. The program atlc does not know what these
       permittivites are, so atlc, must be  told  with  the  -d  command  line
       option, as in example 4 below.


       -b bitmapsize
       is  used  to  set  the size of the bitmap, and so the accuracy to which
       atlc is able to  calculate  the  transmission  line’s  properties.  The
       default  value  for ’bitmapsize’ is normally 4, although this is set at
       compile time. The value can be set anywhere from 1 to 15, but more than
       8 is probably not sensible.

       -f outfile

       Causes find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler to print some data
       to stderr. Note, nothing extra goes to  standard  output,  as  that  is
       expected to be redirected to a bitmap file.


       The 24-bit bitmaps that atlc expects, have 8 bits assigned to represent
       the amount of red, 8 for blue and 8 for  green.  Hence  there  are  256
       levels  of  red, green and blue, making a total of 256*256*256=16777216
       colours.  Every one of the possible 16777216  colours  can  be  defined
       precisely  by  the  stating the exact amount of red, green and blue, as

       red         = 255,000,000 or 0xff0000
       green       = 000,255,000 or 0x00ff00
       blue        = 000,000,255 or 0x0000ff
       black       = 000,000,000 or 0x000000
       white       = 255,255,255 or 0xffffff
       Brown       = 255,000,255 or 0xff00ff
       gray        = 142,142,142 or 0x8e8e8e

       Some colours, such as pink, turquoise, sandy, brown, gray etc may  mean
       slightly  different  things  to  different  people. This is not so with
       atlc, as the program expects the colours below to be EXACTLY defined as
       given. Whether you feel the colour is sandy or yellow is up to you, but
       if you use it in your bitmap, then it  either  needs  to  be  a  colour
       recognised  by  atlc,  or you must define it with a command line option
       (see OPTIONS and example 5 below).
       The following conductors are recognised by atlc:
       red    = 255,000,000 or 0xff0000 is the live conductor.
       green  = 000,255,000 or 0x00ff00 is the grounded conductor.
       black  = 000,000,000 or 0x000000 is the negative conductor

       All bitmaps must have the live (red) and  grounded  (green)  conductor.
       The  black conductor is not currently supported, but it will be used to
       indicate a negative conductor, which will be needed if/when the program
       gets extended to analyse directional couplers.

       The following dielectrics are recognised by atlc and so are produced by

       white     255,255,255 or 0xFFFFFF as Er=1.0   (vacuum)
       white     255,202,202 or 0xFFCACA as Er=1.0006 (air)
       blue      000,000,255 or 0x0000FF as Er=2.1   (PTFE)
       Mid gray  142,242,142 or 0x8E8E8E as Er=2.2   (duroid 5880)
       mauve     255.000,255 or 0xFF00FF as Er=2.33  (polyethylene)
       yellow    255,255,000 or 0xFFFF00 as Er=2.5   (polystyrene)
       sandy     239,203,027 or 0xEFCC1A as Er=3.3   (PVC)
       brown     188,127,096 or 0xBC7F60 as Er=3.335 (epoxy resin)
       Turquoise 026,239,179 or 0x1AEFB3 as Er=4.8   (glass PCB)
       Dark gray 142,142,142 or ox696969 as Er=6.15  (duroid 6006)
       L. gray   240,240,240 or 0xDCDCDC as Er=10.2  (duroid 6010)
       D. Orange 213,160,077 or 0xD5A04D as Er=100   (for testing)
       If the permittivity is one not in the above list, then those  parts  of
       the image with Er1 will be set to 0xCAFF00, and those parts with Er2 to


       Here     are     a     few     examples     of     the      use      of
       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler.   Again,  see  the  html
       documentation in atlc-X.Y.Z/docs/html-docs for more examples.

       In the first example, there is just an air dielectric, so  Er1=Er2=1.0.
       The  inner  of  1x1 inches (or mm, miles etc) is placed centrally in an
       outer with dimensions 3 x 3 inches.

       The exact place where the dielectric starts (a) and its width  (d)  are
       unimportant, but they must still be entered.

       %  find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler  3  3  1  1  1 1 1 1 >
       % atlc ex1.bmp

       In this second example, an inner of 15.0 mm x 0.5 mm is  surrounded  by
       an  outer  with  internal  dimensions  of  61.5  x  20.1 mm. There is a
       material with permittivity 2.1 (Er of PTFE) below the inner  conductor.
       The  output  from find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler is sent
       to a file ex1.bmp, which is then processed by atlc

       % find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler 61.5 20.1 5 22  0.5  50
       15 5 1.0 2.1 > ex2.bmp
       % atlc ex2.bmp

       In  example  3,  the  bitmap  is made larger, to increase accuracy, but
       otherwise   this   is   identical   to   the   second    example.     %
       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler -b7 61.5 20.1 5 22 0.5 50
       15 5 1.0 2.1 > ex3.bmp
       % atlc ex3.bmp

       In     the     fourth     example,     instead     of      re-directing
       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_couplers  output  to a file with
       the > sign, it is done using the -f option.
       % find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler -f ex4.bmp 61.5 20.1  5
       22 0.5 50 15 5 1.0 2.1
       % atlc ex4.bmp

       In  the  fifth  example, materials with permittivites 2.78 and 7.89 are
       used.    While    there    is    no    change    in    how    to    use
       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler,        since       these
       permittivities are not known, we must  tell  atlc  what  they  are.   %
       find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler  61 20 1 4 22 0.5 50 15 5
       2.78 7.89 > ex5.bmp % atlc -d CAFF00=2.78 -d AC82AC=7.89 ex5.bmp In the
       sixth and final example, the -v option is used to print some extra data
       to stderr from find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler.


       atlc(1)  create_bmp_for_circ_in_circ(1)  create_bmp_for_circ_in_rect(1)
       create_bmp_for_microstrip_coupler(1) create_bmp_for_rect_cen_in_rect(1)
       create_bmp_for_rect_in_circ(1)           create_bmp_for_rect_in_rect(1)
       create_bmp_for_symmetrical_stripline(1) design_coupler(1) readbin(1)                - Home page       - Download area
       atlc-X.Y.Z/docs/html-docs/index.html       - HTML docs
       atlc-X.Y.Z/docs/qex-december-1996/atlc.pdf - theory paper
       atlc-X.Y.Z/examples                        - examples

Dr. David Kirkby           atlfind5optimal_dimensions_for_microstrp_coupler(1)