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Innovative Physics-based Modeling Tool for Application to Passive Radio Frequency Identification System on Rotorcraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-15-C-0226
Agency Tracking Number: N15A-005-0151
Amount: $149,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N15A-T005
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-10-03
Small Business Information
685 Busch Garden Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91105
United States
DUNS: 046409533
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Luke Voss
 (818) 248-2142
Business Contact
 Marta Kahl
Title: Electronics Engineer
Phone: (626) 818-8642
Research Institution
 New Jersey Institute of Technology
 Atam Dhawan
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102-1982
United States

 (973) 596-5275
 Nonprofit College or University

We propose development of a software capability which, based on use of MathSysaccurate and efficient exact-physics computational electromagnetics (CEM) solvers, will enable modeling and optimization of the properties of on-platform pRFID tag/reader antenna systems. Passive Radio Frequency Identification devices (pRFID) mounted on complex rotorcrafts pose challenging modeling problems: since pRFID power outputs are often at least three orders of magnitude below the reader's signal power, modeling of such setups requires use of solvers that can produce numerical solutions with several digits of accuracy. And, for RFID operating at frequencies at of 2.5 GHz or higher, for example, the electrical size of the platform on which the RFID tag-reader system is mounted can be hundreds of wavelengths in size. Such modeling requirements and constraints exceed the capabilities of all currently available software modeling and simulation tools. While computationally inexpensive, ray-tracing based methods can, at best, serve as an ``informed guess'' and are unable to provide sufficient accuracy in complex multipath scattering environments. The proposed extension of MathSys solvers will enable effective simulation the highly challenging pRFID-in-rotorcraft configurations throughout the relevant range of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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