MSc Communications and Signal Processing with Extended Research
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Antennas and RF Systems
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Brief Description of the Unit
1. Antenna and Propagation (9 credit)
General introduction to antennas systems and propagation in free space.
Antenna parameters: Antenna gain, beamwidth, bandwidth, efficiency and size.
Polarisation: Polarisation-linear, circular and elliptic, multipath effects.
Antenna Radiation: Near field and far fields radiation and basic antenna measurements.
Antenna types: Multiple antennas forming arrays and array factor. Feed structures.
Antenna modelling: High-frequency methods, FDTD, MoM.
Propagation: Radio wave propagation and electromagnetics.
2. RF Systems (6 credits)
Transmission line theory, Telegrapher’s equations. The Smith Chart, ABCD parameters and S-parameters. VSWR and reflection coefficient. Circuit analysis of lumped RF and distributed microwave components. Analysis of lossless reciprocal and non-reciprocal networks. Unitary condition. Worked examples – simple matching networks quarter-wave and lumped LC. Basics of the Smith Chart.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Transmissions Lines & Optical Fibres||EEEN30036||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
The programme unit aims to:
- Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of antenna function and characteristics.
- An understanding of the key parameters affecting the propagation of electromagnetic waves in free-space will be developed.
- Develop awareness and understanding of the available methods used to model antenna systems.
- Examine the basic analysis techniques for RF and microwave network analysis.
- Show how Smith Chart is used to analyse a circuit and to undertake some basic matching.
Knowledge and understanding
- Understanding of the key parameters when addressing the performance of antennas and the theory behind it.
- Understand the effect of antenna gain, beam width, polarisation and the nearfield & farfield radiation.
- Develop the knowledge of the main modelling techniques available to model antenna performance.
- Develop the knowledge of the measurement procedures and equipments needed for Antennas and RF circuits.
- Understand transmission line theory, loading and discrete modelling.
- Understand the application of the Smith Chart.
- The ability to demonstrate knowledge of antennas used in various communication systems and their key performance parameters.
- Ability to discriminate between antennas on the basis of their electrical performance and their application.
- Identify the appropriate measurement equipment needed for a particular antenna or RF function test.
- Understand the fundamentals of using a microwave circuit simulator such as Keysight's ADS and CST Microwave Studio 3-D modelling tool.
- Develop the ability to use industry standard tools such as Keysight's ADS and CST Microwave Studio for 3D EM modelling.
- Use engineering understanding to interpret modelling results.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- The ability to work within a small group to design and build a project within an allocated time.
- Appreciation of the engineering and analytical thinking on addressing and resolving practical problems
- Report writing.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||12|
|Independent study hours|
|Robin Sloan||Unit coordinator|
|Laith Danoon||Unit coordinator|