An Efficient Technique to Assess the Convergence of the Multimode Equivalent Network for Waveguide Devices
IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
- Volumen: 66
- Número: 2
- Fecha: 01 February 2018
- Páginas: 651-659
- ISSN: 00189480
- Source Type: Journal
- DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2017.2785837
- Document Type: Conference Paper
- Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
© 2017 IEEE.Numerical methods are widely used to analyze and design microwave components for communication applications. In the implementation of any numerical technique, however, there are always a set of parameters that must be properly adjusted in order to obtain, at the same time, computational efficiency and numerical accuracy of the results. In this context, therefore, we focus in this paper on the multimode equivalent network formulation for waveguide devices, and we propose a more intuitive and efficient strategy for choosing these parameters. Following our approach, setting only one global numerical variable is sufficient to adjust automatically the specific convergence parameters of each discontinuity to give a specific level of numerical accuracy of the results. As a consequence, the computational efficiency is significantly increased. In addition, the user experience is significantly improved since our approach eliminates all lengthy convergence tests previously needed to assure good numerical accuracy. In addition to theory, we discuss in this paper a number of numerical results that clearly demonstrate how the new strategy is very effective, thereby fully validating the theoretical formulation.