Radar design

€ 3.750 excl. VAT

During this course you will learn how the various subsystems of radar contribute to the overall functioning of the complicated system and see the effect of design choices on the performance and structure of the system.

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.

Course leader

em. prof. ir. Piet van Genderen

TU Delft Faculteit Elektrotechniek, Wiskunde en Informatica (EWI)

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  • "Having worked on radar technology for two years, but never having followed a radar course before, this course filled in the gaps for me. The course provided a good foundation on various aspects of a radar system and focused on issues related to radar signal processing. Professor van Genderen was very knowledgeable and eager to help us learn."
    TNO (incompany)
  • "I enjoyed the course. I valued the most the hands-on experience of the lecturer. This was not a signal processing course but an field-experience transfer course. I liked it."
    Mario Coutino
    TNO, incompany
  • "Goede en zeer toegankelijke docenten vanuit diverse disciplines. Blij dat ik de cursus heb gevolgd en veel geleerd!"
    Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine
  • "Een brede cursus die genoeg de diepte in gaat op elk onderwerp. Afleidingen van formules worden niet geschuwd. Zeer complete cursus."
  • "In een vrij hoog tempo zijn alle onderwerpen behandeld. Erg compleet dus in de breedte. Lessen van goed niveau. Zeer interessant."
    Susan Varenbrink
    Ministerie van Defensie

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