Impact of Plastering Mesh on Radio Propagation: Practical RF Measurements and Basic Principles

Ari Asp, Tuomo Hentilä, Arto Hujanen, Jussa Pikkuvirta, Markku Renfors, Mikko Valkama

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Abstract

As apartment buildings age, the exterior walls usually have to be repaired after about 40-60 years. In the case of exterior wall renovations of apartment block, the old facade is usually completely renovated and the new surface is based on plastering. Plastering is used as a outermost facade surface especially in major overhaul cases, where energy efficiency is improved by increasing the thickness of the insulation layer. However, plastering can add surprising increment the radio signal attenuation caused by the exterior wall. The reason for this is the iron mesh used to support plastering. That mesh attenuates the signals of wireless systems, especially at low frequencies. In this study, it has been shown that the plastering mesh acts as a high pass filter and can double the wall overall attenuation at frequencies below 1GHz used by cellular networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXXXV Finnish URSI Convention on Radio Science
Subtitle of host publicationProgramme and Proceedings
PublisherInternational Union of Radio Science URSI
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventXXXV Finnish URSI Convention on Radio Science - Tampere University, Hervanta Campus, Tampere, Finland
Duration: 18 Oct 201918 Oct 2019
https://events.tuni.fi/ursi2019/

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ConferenceXXXV Finnish URSI Convention on Radio Science
CountryFinland
CityTampere
Period18/10/1918/10/19
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    Asp, A., Hentilä, T., Hujanen, A., Pikkuvirta, J., Renfors, M., & Valkama, M. (2019). Impact of Plastering Mesh on Radio Propagation: Practical RF Measurements and Basic Principles. In XXXV Finnish URSI Convention on Radio Science: Programme and Proceedings International Union of Radio Science URSI. https://www.ursi.fi/2019/Papers/Asp.pdf