Evaluation of Electromagnetic Propagation Models by Means of Rigorous Modeling and Simulation

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A Graduate Research Project in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for theĀ Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The purpose of this research project is to study the relative effectiveness between existing electromagnetic propagation models. The current research effort is to compare the propagation loss outputs from the Advanced Refractive Effects Prediction System (AREPS) to the Irregular Terrain Model (ITM). For a fair comparison to be made between the two software models, both models will be interfaced with MATLAB. The initial portion of this research will be to develop an interface between AREPS and MATLAB. This interface will feed AREPS information about the terrain, terrestrial electromagnetic transmitters, and atmospheric conditions. The outputs will be returned and used by a MATLAB simulator to determine signal strength off of targets by means of passive coherent location radar technology. Many unique simulations will be conducted to determine what situations will potentially make the choice of using one simulator over the other better. The results from both models will be compared and the difference in performance between AREPS and ITM will be determined.

Research Performed by:

Ted Dabrowski, MS Electrical and Computer Engineering, Fall 2014

Research Advised by:

Dr. William C. Barott, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering