A procedure is developed for determining the complex propagation constants and associated complex electromagnetic fields as a function of frequency for electromagnetic waves propagating along an inhomogeneous waveguide composed of dissipative materials and having a complicated shape. The wave equation, which is complex because of the presence of dissipative materials, is transformed for computer solution into a matrix eigenvalue equation by the application of the Rayleigh-Ritz variational method in conjunction with the finite-element method. The results are reviewed for several simple dissipative waveguides for which analytical results are computed for comparison. A novel proposal is then investigated in which a railroad track acts as a surface waveguide for a rapid-transit collision-avoidance system. The results illustrate the usefulness of the numerical method developed and suggest that the modified steering rail warrants further investigation for rapid-transit systems.

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    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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  • Authors:
    • McAulay, A D
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

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  • Accession Number: 00167565
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1981 12:00AM