Introduction to Radar Systems (2015)

Introduction to Radar: Class Photograph 2015 on the roof of the Menzies Building
Introduction to Radar: Class Photograph 2015 on the roof of the Menzies Building

 

 

Course Information

Dates: 2 to 6 March 2015

Course code: EEE5119Z

Venue: Note change in venue: John Martin Room, 6th Floor, Menzies Building (Upper Campus), University of Cape Town

 

Course Description

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This course presents the principles and techniques fundamental to the operation of a radar system. Radar Engineering is very much a system level topic, as the field requires at least some knowledge of a wide range of other engineering specialties. The course follows the recommended text book very closely. Specific course topics include: Course overview and introduction to radar, the radar equation, radar search and overview of detection and interference, propagation effects and mechanisms, characteristics of clutter, target reflectivity, target fluctuation models, Doppler processing, radar antennas, transmitters, receivers, exciters, radar signal processing, radar remote sensing.

Textbook: Principles of Modern Radar, Volume 1, Ed. Richards, Scheer and Holm, Scitech Publishing, 2010.

 

Course Overview

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction and radar overview, covering the basic concepts of radar and the format of the course itself, including the radar equation, radar search and overview of detection and interference
  • External factors, including propagation effects and mechanisms, clutter, target reflectivity, target fluctuation models, Doppler phenomenology and data acquisition
  • Subsystems, including radar antennas, receivers, exciters and signal processing
  • Systems, including tracking radar, FMCW radar, and a case study of a radar system design

 

Presenter

Piet van GenderenProf Piet van Genderen is now an emeritus professor, having previously been a full professor at the International Research Centre for Telecommunications and Radar of the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

He has (co-)authored over 200 publications, seven patents and a few books. He has been the general chairman of the European Microwave Week in 2004, and has been chair or member of the technical program committees of many international conferences dedicated to radar.