Macro-modeling of electromagnetic domains exhibiting geometric and material uncertainty

Juan S. Ochoa, Andreas C. Cangellaris

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A methodology is presented for the development of stochastic electromagnetic macromodels for domains exhibiting geometric and material uncertainty. Focusing on the case of domains exhibiting geometric/material invariance along one of the axes of the reference coordinate system, the methodology makes use of the theory of polynomial chaos expansion and the concept of a global impedance/admittance matrix relationship defined over a circular surface enclosing the crosssectional geometry of the domain of interest. The result is a stochastic global impedance/admittance matrix, defined on the enclosing circular surface, whose elements are truncated polynomial chaos expansions over the random space defined by the independent random variables that parameterize the geometric and material uncertainty inside the domain. Use is made of sparse Smolyak grids to reduce the computational cost of constructing the stochastic macro-model. Numerical examples are used to demonstrate some of the attributes of the proposed stochastic macro-models to the numerical solution of electromagnetic scattering problems by an ensemble of cylindrical targets exhibiting uncertainty in their shape and relative positioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-87
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Finite elements
  • Global impedance matrix
  • Macro-modeling
  • Polynomial chaos expansion
  • Random geometry
  • Scattering/RCS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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