Radio Frequency (RF) System Performance and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) in Dynamic Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0077
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N103-202-0007
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N103-202
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
3015 Village Office Place, Champaign, IL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782768977
Principal Investigator:
Robert Kipp
Chief Scientist
(312) 431-7413
kipp@delcross.com
Business Contact:
Matthew Miller
President
(217) 363-3396
mcmiller@delcross.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Modern military and commercial aircraft include numerous RF systems and associated antennas. The designed freestanding performance of antennas is typically degraded by their platform installation. Also, the cositing of many RF systems in a small region creates enormous opportunity for inter-system EMI via antenna coupling that can significantly harm receiver performance. As challenging as these problem are to address in integrating antennas into platforms, they are compounded by dynamic factors such as rotating props and rotors, gimbaled and electronically steered antennas, and dynamic EM environments. For example, spinning rotors introduce Doppler spectra in signals that play a complex role during receiver demodulation. This proposal focuses on such dynamic effects. We propose to develop tools based on existing high-fidelity simulation technologies for installed antenna performance and system-level interference assessment that incorporate the effects of the identified dynamic elements. Phase I will focus on development of relevant algorithms and analysis frameworks, including proof-of-concept simulations. In Phase II, we will develop a prototype end-user tool suite, including GUIs emphasizing 2-D/3-D visualization of the problem setup, dynamic conditions, and presentation of dynamic simulation results. Some attention will be devoted toward developing dynamic performance metrics that deliver actionable design and analysis information for engineers.

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