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Microwave Measurements And Techniques Laboratory In An Undergraduate Radar Systems Course

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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New EET Course Development

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7.862.1 - 7.862.10



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Habibur Rahman

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Beshara Sholy

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Session 2548

Microwave Measurements and Techniques Laboratory in a Undergraduate Radar Systems Course

Beshara Sholy and Habib Rahman

Saint Louis University Saint Louis, Missouri 63103


This paper outlines the development of microwave measurement and techniques laboratory experiments for instruction of undergraduate avionics (aviation electronics) students. The experiments are applications of the theory provided to students in a separate and independent lecture course. The senior level lecture course provides the students with the fundamentals of electromagnetic principles and of radar systems in a senior level course on radar systems. It is taught as part of a four year aviation electronics degree program at Parks College of Engineering and Aviation, Saint Louis University.

I Introduction

Recent technological advances in the applications of microwave frequencies have mandated the need for their understanding by engineering technology as well as engineering science graduates. Studies of microwave frequency measurement techniques are usually attained in upper division courses, mainly in preparation for graduate programs geared towards research in this field. Few schools provide an opportunity for undergraduates to learn to use techniques in the installation and maintenance of such systems at frequencies above 1 GHz. At Parks College of Engineering and Aviation, a lecture course and accompanying laboratory are designed to give avionics students an introduction to Radar systems in which microwave measurements and techniques are a major portion of the exercise.

This lecture/laboratory combination provides our students with the opportunity to demonstrate the basic theory of transmission, reflection and attenuation measurements of microwave signals at frequencies up to 12GHz. This is explored in a variety of laboratory experiments designed to give an understanding of microwave signal measurement, characteristics of microwave devices

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Rahman, H., & Sholy, B. (2002, June), Microwave Measurements And Techniques Laboratory In An Undergraduate Radar Systems Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11351

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