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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2012, Article ID 854647, 7 pages
Research Article

Solving Scattering from Conducting Body Coated by Thin-Layer Material by Hybrid Shell Vector Element with Boundary Integral Method

School of Electronic Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China

Received 25 October 2011; Accepted 3 February 2012

Academic Editor: Ahmed A. Kishk

Copyright © 2012 Lin Lei et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The finite element boundary integral (FEM-BI) method is widely used in the scattering and radiating problems. But for the conducting body coated by thin-layer material, plenty of fine meshes are required to discretize the geometry in the traditional FEM. It requires very expensive storage and CPU time. In this paper, the hybrid shell vector element with the boundary integral method is used to expedite the solution of thin coating problems. The shell vector elements are used to discretize thin-layer material instead of traditional tetrahedral elements. Consequently, the volume integral can be simplified into surface integral. This method reduces the number of unknowns greatly and is also extended into the complicated case of multi-thin-layer coating materials. Several numerical results are presented to prove the accuracy and efficiency of this present method.