Accession Number : ADP007733

Title :   Measurement of Dielectric Properties in the Frequency Range of 300 MHz to 3 GHz as a Function of Temperature Density,

Corporate Author : BUREAU OF MINES TUSCALOOSA AL TUSCALOOSA RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Salsman end, Johanna B.

Report Date : 27 APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : As part of the research effort on investigating the effects of microwave energy on the chemical and physical properties of minerals and ores, the U. S. Bureau of Mines, Tuscaloosa Research Center has conducted an extensive research program on identifying those properties of minerals that are affected by microwave energy, namely the dielectric constant and loss tangent. The objective was to establish a reliable data base for predicting the effects of microwave heating on minerals. The dielectric constant and loss tangent of minerals, commonly referred to as the dielectric properties, were determined utilizing the theory of microwave propagation through an open-ended air filled coaxial line that was terminated at its open end with the particular mineral under investigation and measuring the reflection coefficient of the mineral with a network analyzer. From the measured values of the reflection coefficient, the dielectric properties of the mineral could be determined. The dielectric properties of powdered minerals with medium to high electrical conductivities (tan >.0l) were measured in the frequency range of 300 MHz to 3 GHz. Since the minerals were prepared as powders, techniques were used to relate the measured dielectric properties of the powdered minerals to the dielectric properties of the mineral at its theoretical or natural density. Also, these measurements were performed as a function of temperature, from 25 deg to 325 deg C. The results of the dielectric constants and loss tangents using this method were determined to be precise within + or - 5 pct. This report describes the method of measurement and discusses the results of the Bureau's investigations into dielectric properties of minerals with the inclusion of typical measured data.

Descriptors :   *DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES, *MICROWAVES, *MINERALS, ANALYZERS, CHEMICALS, COEFFICIENTS, CONSTANTS, DATA BASES, DENSITY, DIELECTRICS, ENERGY, FREQUENCY, HEATING, INCLUSIONS, MEASUREMENT, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, POWDERS, REFLECTION, TEMPERATURE, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, CHEMICAL PROPERTIES, PROCESSING, SYMPOSIA.

Subject Categories : Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
      Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE