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RF Sensor Performance in Electrically Large, Complex Environments

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82527
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-023-0752
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Delcross Technologies, LLC
3015 Village Office Place Champaign, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: RF Sensor Performance in Electrically Large, Complex Environments
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-07-C-0212
Award Amount: $149,847.00
 

Abstract:

Modern military and commercial aircraft include numerous RF systems and associated antennas serving a multitude of functions. Typically, the designed free space performance of antennas is degraded by their installation on the airframe. Also, the presence of many RF systems in a small region creates enormous opportunity for undesired inter-system electromagnetic interference (EMI) via antenna-to-antenna coupling. These facts present the antenna/platform integrator with an enormous problem: how to place the numerous antennas on the airframe so that they can perform their stand-alone functions while minimizing interference. We propose to develop a tool that implements asymptotic ray tracing on electrically-large, high-fidelity airframe CAD models to accurately predict installed antenna performances and co-site interference. Phase I will focus on proof-of-concept development and validation core and advanced methods. In Phase II, the computational engine will be coupled with a sophisticated graphical user interface (GUI), with emphasis on visualization to aid the user in problem setup, multi-system management, and interpretation of results. The tool will offer advantages over existing asymptotic solvers through more accurate near field interactions, creeping wave algorithms for realistic geometries, and powerful diagnostic features.

Principal Investigator:

Robert A. Kipp
Chief Scientist
3124317413
kipp@delcross.com

Business Contact:

Matthew C. Miller
President
2178952067
mcmiller@delcross.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

DELCROSS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
223 East Sixth Street PO Box 676 Neoga, IL 62447

EIN/Tax ID: 205163196
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No