Radar design

Characteristics and design effects in radar systems

Today radar is entering many more new domains of application than the traditional ones of military and civil traffic control, such as weather and climate research, agriculture, water surface pollution,  automotive and security systems. Actually too large a diversity of applications to list and discuss all of them.

The course aims at providing understanding on the operation of the various subsystems and how each of them affects the behaviour of the integrated system. You will also learn how the various parameters of radar and its design impact the performance in terms of detection range, accuracies, robustness, etc.

The thread in the course is the case study of the design of a real radar system, in which all the various topics will be discussed in a proper context. Besides the theoretical parts and case studies, there are demonstrations of (small) operating radar systems and excursions to measurement set-ups of radars or antennas.

Insight into systems and the effects of radar design

The course:

  • Offers the basic principles of radar
  • Discusses the function blocks of radar systems
  • Gives insight in the connection between physical, technological and scientific aspects affecting the expected properties of radar systems
  • Describes the physical phenomena affecting the propagation and reflection of radio waves
  • Discusses the detection process of radar systems; the effective radar cross section of objects and its scintillation, the effect on the detection probabilities and possibilities for improvement
  • Handles the more technological issues, such as transmitters, receivers, antennas, signal processing and radars with active and passive phased array antennas
  • Elaborates on the principles of imaging radar in remote sensing (Synthetic Aperture Radar – SAR, detecting with SAR and Inverse SAR)

Intended for
Engineers (academics or higher professional education) involved in the purchase, use or design of radar on system level.

The course will be presented in English.

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  • Information
    Trainer: Dhr. P. van Genderen (Delft University of Technology, Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science)
    Course data: October 28, 29, November 11, 12, 25 and 26 2020 (prov.)
    Location: Delft
    Price: € 3,495.00 ex. vat
    Price includes all materials and catering
    The program will be taught in English.
  • Program

    Day 1 (P. van Genderen)

    • Basic radar block diagram; frequency windows.How to measure distance
    • Radar Range Equation and Doppler effect
    • Radar Cross Section
    • Detection against a noise background
    • Integration (coherent, non-coherent)

    Day 2 (P. van Genderen, P. Aubry, F. v.d. Zwan, A.Yarovoy)

    • Surface clutter  (RCS properties, urban/rural)
    • Precipitation clutter (RCS propties of rain, snow, fog; attenuation)
    • Angel clutter (+ how to discard)
    • Propagation (refraction, diffraction, multipath)
    • Mini excursion PARSAX
    • Antenna Theory and Technology
    • Monopulse antennas

    Day 3 (P. van Genderen)
    • Transmitters
    • Receivers
    • FMCW
    • Demo's with in-class radar
    • Accuracies
    • Pulse compression
    • System level noise

    Day 4 (P. van Genderen, J.N. Driessen, P. Aubry)
    • Classification of objects
    • Tracking
    • Mini-excursion to antenna measurements chamber
    • ESA-radar
    • Exercises

    Day 5 (P. van Genderen, A.Yarovoy, P.Aubry)
    • System discussion: Long range radar
    • System discussion: Automotiv radar
    • Lab exercise small FMCW radar
    • Advanced processing in short range radar
    • System discussion: Imaging security radar

    Day 6 (P. Hoogeboom)
    • SAR Systems
    • Spaceborne SAR
    • Sensing with SAR
  • Reviews
    This course is assessed with a 8.8
    “All topics have been dealt with in a relatively high pace. In-depth, very complete. The lessons are of a good level, very interesting.”
    Susan Varenbrink (Ministerie van Defensie)
    “An in-depth course that handles the many subjects sufficiently. Derivations of formulas are not shunned. A very complete course on radar design.”
    Employee TNO
    “Good and very approachable teachers from different disciplines. I'm glad to have followed the course, I've learned a lot!”
    Employee Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine