ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 5635 Radar Systems Analysis and Design


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ECE 5635 Radar Systems Analysis and Design (3C)

5635: This graduate-level course is the first in a two-part sequence in radar analysis and design. It covers the theory and practice of radar systems used for detection, tracking and location of targets. Topics include measurement of range and velocity, pulse compression, design of radar transmitters, receivers and antennas.

What is the reason for this course?

These courses cover the theory and practice of radars. Radar systems bring together ideas and techniques from many other areas of electrical engineering. 5635 provides a broad treatment of radar from the system viewpoint, with emphasis on how a radar can be used to detect a target, measure its location, and identify its nature. The basic building blocks of a radar system, including transmitters, receivers, antennas and phased arrays, are also covered.

Typically offered: Fall. Program Area: Communications.

Prerequisites: 5605.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

The prerequisite for 5635 is 5605 or graduate standing because this course requires a working knowledge of probability theory and statistics.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • a) describe radars and explain how they are used to detect remote objects
  • b) analyze radar systems to assess performance
  • c) explain the processing of radar signals
  • d) describe the effects of the atmosphere and interference on radar systems
  • 3) design a radar system for a particular application and technical specification

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
1. Introduction to radar systems. The radar range equation, detection of targets in noise, false alarms 15%
2. Targets, antennas, performance calculations. types of radars 15%
3. Antennas. Reflector antennas, tracking antennas and phased arrays. 20%
4. Transmitters and receivers. Power devices. Low noise receivers. 10%
5. Detection of radar signals in noise, Automatic detection, EFAR. 10%
6. Pulse compression techniques. Electronic countermeasures. 15%
7. Propagation of radio waves. Effect of the atmosphere, rain and snow on radar signals. Clutter 15%

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