Maritime forward scatter radar

Daniel, Liam Yannick (2017). Maritime forward scatter radar. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis is dedicated to the study of forward scatter radar (FSR) in the marine environment. FSR is a class of bistatic radar where target detection occurs at very large bistatic angle, close to the radar baseline. It is a rarely studied radar topology and the maritime application is a completely novel area of research. The aim is to develop an easily deployed buoy mounted FSR network, which will provide perimeter protection for maritime assets—this thesis presents the initial stages of investigation. It introduces FSR and compares it to the more common monostatic/bistatic radar topologies, highlighting both benefits and limitations. Phenomenological principles are developed to allow formation of forward scatter signal models and provide deeper understanding of the parameters effecting the operation of an FSR system. Novel FSR hardware has been designed and manufactured and an extensive measurement campaign undertaken. The outcome of this was the creation of the first comprehensive maritime FSR target and clutter signal database—results from which have been shown with preliminary analysis. Alongside experimental work, a sea surface model has been produced in order to estimate the effects of wave blocking in high sea states and assess FSR performance in these conditions.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Engineering, Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering


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