The use of free space measurement method to identify dielectric constant of rice husks

Mohammad Basuki Rahmat*, Afif Zuhri Arfianto, Catur Rakhmad Handoko, Edy Setiawan, Hendro Agus Widodo, Edy Prasetyo Hidayat, Urip Mudjiono, Pranowo Sidi, Lukman Handoko, Faiz Hamzah, Eko Setijadi, A. Mauludiyanto, Dody Hidayat

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An absorber works by reducing wave reflection. Used as an anechoic chamber, an absorber has a very important role. A good absorber material is able to attenuate wave reflection that can affect the performance of a tool being tested. Absorber that is used and mass pro-duced is an absorber made of polyurethane. The alternative material for making an absorber is rice husks. To determine the ability of rice husk as a microwave absorber, a simulation using CST software is needed. Problem arises since the dielectric constant value of the rice husk is unknown. Therefore, it is necessary to test the rice husk absorber board to determine the dielctric constant value. The method used to determine the dielectric constant is free space measurement. The free space measurement method can be explained as: two horn antennas which serve as transmitter and receiver positioned at a certain distance. Both are connected with the Vector Network Analyzer. Rice husk board is placed between the two antennas. The measurement is aimed at gaining reflection loss value and transmission coeficient value. The value is then used to determine the dielectric constant. The result of the test indicate that the constant value is between 3.5 to 3.7.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-123
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering and Technology(UAE)
Issue number3.5 Special Issue 5
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Chamber
  • Dielectric constant
  • Free space measurement method
  • Rice husk


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