RF Sensor Performance in Electrically Large, Complex Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0256
Agency Tracking Number: N071-023-0752
Amount: $999,916.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-023
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
223 East Sixth Street, PO Box 676, Neoga, IL, 62447
DUNS: 782768977
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Kipp
 Chief Scientist
 (312) 431-7413
 kipp@delcross.com
Business Contact
 Matthew Miller
Title: President
Phone: (217) 895-2067
Email: mcmiller@delcross.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Modern aircraft include numerous RF systems and associated antennas of diverse types. The designed performance of antennas is typically degraded by their installation on the airframe. Also, the presence of many RF systems in a small region creates enormous opportunity for undesired interference via antenna-to-antenna coupling. These conditions present serious challenges for engineers tasked with integrating antennas onto platforms. We propose to develop a tool that implements ray tracing on electrically large, high-fidelity airframe CAD models to predict installed antenna performance: antenna patterns, antenna-to-antenna coupling, spatial field distributions, angle-of-arrival, and other direct or diagnostic metrics. In Phase I, we developed and validated a baseline predictor while researching advanced modeling enhancements. In Phase II, we will engineer this into a robust capability, implement various modeling and ease-of-use enhancements, and couple it to a graphical user interface (GUI) emphasizing 3-D visualization to aid in scenario configuration, multi-system management, and result interpretation. A CAD pre-processor tool will also be developed to assist the user in importing, creating, editing, and repairing platform models. The tool suite will offer advantages over existing asymptotic solvers through more accurate near field interactions, creeping wave algorithms for realistic geometries, and powerful diagnostic features.

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