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ELEC2224 Radar Techniques and Applications

Module Overview

This module will be first offered in the 2018/19 academic year. To present the fundamental principles and engineering techniques used in the design and operation of radar and to relate them to the current and future aerospace applications.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to present the fundamental principles and engineering techniques used in the design and operation of radar and to relate them to the current and future aerospace applications.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Radar systems and techniques in use at present so that students can gain a clear understanding of the principles involved, the methods of implementation and how the systems relate to the operation of aerospace radar systems. The use of countermeasures and stealth will also be covered. Future requirements will be discussed to indicate the development required of current and future radar systems. Advanced radars used for imaging will also be included.
  • How component parts, subsystems and systems are integrated into complete systems and the communications and interrelationships between the various system elements. Additionally, critical constraints on these systems, how the aerospace systems operates in relation to them and the requirement of future generation systems will also be addressed.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Study and learn independently.
  • Solve problems.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the key factors determining the design of radar systems used in aerospace applications.
  • Apply the radar equation and set up and solve problems involving radar range, noise, and radar cross-section.
  • Have an appreciation of the issues concerned with stealth, protection and countermeasures.
  • Understand and identify the key components and signals of aerospace systems and how they interact with one another.
  • Describe different methods of detecting and dealing with the failure of components and (sub) systems.
  • Have an appreciation of the properties of a range of different feasible architectures.

Syllabus

Principles (10 lectures) - Radar signal, illumination, reflection, Doppler effect, polarization - Limiting factors (beam path and range, noise and interference) - Radar range equation. Radar cross-section, stealth, noise, Pulse, c.w Radar signal processing (10 lectures) - Distance and speed measurement - Pulse Doppler signal processing - Reduction of interference - Plot and track extraction. Counter measures (4 lectures) - Chaff, clutter and jamming, masking, decoys Imaging Radar (2 lectures) - Side looking radar, synthetic aperture radar Radar engineering (8 lectures) - Antenna design - Frequency bands - Modulators Revision lectures (2 lectures)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - 36 lectures, including slide and video presentations, and example classes - Industry speakers(?) Learning activities include: - Directed reading - Individual work to understand and master the course content, with the objective of successfully solving problems

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Lecture36
Revision10
Follow-up work18
Completion of assessment task7
Wider reading or practice61
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

These technical labs address the above-listed learning outcomes. They are conducted under the umbrella of ELEC2026 but the marks contribute towards this module. In-class quiz will be provided to students as a formative feedback.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 90%
Technical Laboratories 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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