ASTM D5568 - 08

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Relative Complex Permittivity and Relative Magnetic Permeability of Solid Materials at Microwave Frequencies

    Active Standard ASTM D5568 | Developed by Subcommittee: D09.12

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.02


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    Significance and Use

    Design calculations for radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimetre-wave components require the knowledge of values of complex permittivity and permeability at operating frequencies. This test method is useful for evaluating small experimental batch or continuous production materials used in electromagnetic applications. Use this method to determine complex permittivity only (in non-magnetic materials) or both complex permittivity and permeability simultaneously.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a procedure for determining relative complex permittivity (relative dielectric constant and loss) and relative magnetic permeability of isotropic, reciprocal (non-gyromagnetic) solid materials. If the material is nonmagnetic, it is acceptable to use this procedure to measure permittivity only.

    1.2 This measurement method is valid over a frequency range of approximately 100 MHz to over 20 GHz. These limits are not exact and depend on the size of the specimen, the size of rectangular waveguide transmission line used as a specimen holder, and on the applicable frequency range of the network analyzer used to make measurements. The practical lower and upper frequencies are limited by specimen dimension requirements (large specimens at low frequencies and small specimens at high frequencies). Being a non-resonant method, the selection of any number of discrete measurement frequencies in a measurement band would be suitable. Use of multiple rectangular waveguide transmission line sizes are required to cover this entire frequency range (100 MHz to 20 GHz). This test method can also be generally applied to circular waveguide test fixtures. The rectangular waveguide fixture is preferred over coaxial fixtures when samples have in-plane anisotropy or are difficult to manufacture precisely.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are in English units. The equations shown here assume an e+jωt harmonic time convention.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.220.01 (Electricity. Magnetism. General aspects)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 43223342(Waveguide and connection kit)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5568-08

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