MSc by research: Analysis of Simulated and Experimental Data from a Radar Seeker Demonstrator

Updated: 20 days ago
Location: Swindon, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Jun 2021

Shrivenham Campus based students start date:  04/10/21

Fee status of eligible applicants: UK only

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national. We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK.

Duration: 1 year

Reference: CDS013

MSc by research: Analysis of Simulated and Experimental Data from a Radar Seeker Demonstrator

Fully-funded studentship - Opportunities which are fully funded (e.g. covers all fees and stipend)

Sponsored by Leonardo UK under the Weapons Sector Research Framework (WSRF). This studentship will provide a bursary of 15,000 (tax free) plus fees* for one year            

An exceptional opportunity to undertake a fully funded post-graduate MSc degree (fees and monthly stipend) in Radio Frequency (RF) Sensors. You will investigate cutting-edge solutions in the area of RF sensors, with emphasis on Antenna Phased Array Beamforming Techniques applied to Multi-Beam missile radar seekers.

The successful candidate will develop a simulation tool in MATLAB to assess the radar antenna array beampattern performance and characteristics on transmit and on receive. Performance is assessed as a function of the radar phased array design and individual element type and phase centre positions. The MATLAB simulation tool will be expanded to include a more realistic analysis of the array response that includes undesired effects, such as element coupling and cross-polarisation with an off-the-shelf EM simulator. As a result of this implementation, non-ideal antenna effects will be taken into account on transmit and on receive. The results of the simulation package will be used to analysis the radar detection performance and provide a study of the case of Multibeam Radars (MBRs) that transmit multiple simultaneous beams. Subject to data availability, Leonardo UK will provide a set of real data gathered with an experimental radar scalable demonstrator to be analysed for comparisons.

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provide unique educational opportunities to the Defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organizations. Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for postgraduate education at the Defence Academy, training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with our industrial partner (Leonardo UK) and to travel for meetings and to a workshop/conference to present your results.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline.     (Physics, Mathematics or Engineering Sciences


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