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Conductor material

Since R2021a



    m = metal(material) returns the metal used as a conductor in the PCB components. You can specify a material from the MetalCatalog (Antenna Toolbox). The default value for material is perfect electric conductor (PEC).

    m = metal(Name=Value) returns the metal based on the properties specified by one or more .name-value pairs.


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    Create a microstrip transmission line with copper conductor.

    mline = microstripLine;

    Create a copper metal conductor.

    m = metal('copper')
    m = 
      metal with properties:
                Name: 'Copper'
        Conductivity: 59600000
           Thickness: 3.5560e-05
    For more materials see catalog

    Change the microstrip transmission line conductor to copper.

    mline.Conductor = m
    mline = 
      microstripLine with properties:
                  Length: 0.0200
                   Width: 0.0050
                  Height: 0.0016
        GroundPlaneWidth: 0.0300
               Substrate: [1x1 dielectric]
               Conductor: [1x1 metal]
              IsShielded: 0

    View the microstrip transmission line.


    Input Arguments

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    Material from the dielectric catalog, specified as a metal from the MetalCatalog. The default material is perfect electric conductor (PEC), which has infinite conductivity and zero thickness.

    Example: 'Iron'

    Data Types: char

    Name-Value Arguments

    Example: Name='Iron'

    Name of the metal material you want to use as a conductor, specified as a character vector.

    Example: Name='Iron'

    Data Types: char

    Conductivity of the metal material, specified as a scalar in Siemens per meter(S/m). If you set 'Conductivity' to 'Inf', you must set 'Thickness' to '0'.

    Example: Conductivity=4.8e06

    Data Types: double

    Thickness of the metal material along the default z-axis, specified as a scalar in meters.

    Example: Thickness=0.26e-6

    Data Types: double

    Output Arguments

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    Conductor metal, returned as a metal object.

    Version History

    Introduced in R2021a

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