ELEC ENG 7084 - Avionics Sensors & Systems
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 7084 Course Avionics Sensors & Systems Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 2007 or equivalent, Fourier transforms, Matlab, basic electromagnetic concepts, linear control theory Course Description Radar principles: Key components of a radar system; Radar range equation, Radar cross-section, Scattering propagation; Radar waveforms; Range and Doppler measurement; Scattering coefficients beamforming and angular measurements; Primary and secondary radars; Airborne weather radars and altimeters; Synthetic aperture radar; Airborne early warning radars.
Antennas and electromagnetic compatibility: Typical aircraft antennas (frequencies, realization, operation principles); Integration (antenna placement, radomes); Emission & immunity; Coupling mechanisms; Testing; Portable electronic devices.
Flight Control: Aircraft kinematics and dynamics; Control subsystems and sensors; Linear systems and gain scheduling; Frequency domain systems; State Space Systems; Boeing 747 flight control; Contrast between commercial and military aircraft.
Optical communications and sensors: Properties of short length optical fibres; RF to optical conversion; Fibre optic gyroscopes.
Course Coordinator: Professor Michael LiebeltCourse coordinator: Assoc Prof Michael Liebelt
Dr Azhar Iqbal (Optical Communications and Sensors)
Prof Lang White (Flight Control)
Prof Christophe Fumeaux (Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility)
Prof Bevan BAtes (Radar Principles)
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAfter completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Understand the key principles and components of modern airborne radar systems 2 Be able to describe how radars are applied in the operations of civilian and military aircraft 3 Understand the constraints on the design of antennas used on modern aircraft and theproperties of different antenna types 4 Understand the electromagnetic compatibility issues that arise with the integration of multiple electronic and electromagnetic systems into modern aircraft and the design and implementation strategies that are used to minimize them 5 Apply mathematical models of the dynamic behavior of aircraft to design automatic control systems for aircraft flight control 6 Understand the different requirements and design parameters for flight control systems of aircraft of different types 7 Understand the physical and optical properties of optical fibres and how they are used in communications and sensors on modern aircraft
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 - 7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1 - 7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1 - 7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. N/A A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 - 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 - 7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. N/A An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1 - 7
Required ResourcesLecture notes and/or copies of slides will be made available through MyUni. There are no other required resources.
Recommended ResourcesReference books:
G. W .Stimson, Introduction to Airborne Radar, SciTech Publishing. ISBN: 1891121014
G. Morris and L. Harkness, Airborne Pulsed Doppler Radar, Artech House. ISBN: 9780890068670
G. F. Franklin, J. D. Powell and A. Emami-Naeini, Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, Pearson, Ed. 6. ISBN: 9780136019695
R. C. Dorf and R. H. Bishop, Modern Control Systems, Pearson Prentice-Hall, Ed. 11. ISBN-13: 9780136024583
R. McShea, Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapons Systems, Scitech Publishing, 2010. ISBN 9781891121906.
Online LearningExtensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course, https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login
Course notes, tutorial problems and solutions, laboratory exercises and practice problems will all be available for downloading from the web site. Where the lecture theatre facilities permit, audio or video recordings of lectures will also be available for downloading.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. Continuous assessment activities provide the formative assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Contact hours Workload hours Lecture 31 lectures 31 124 Tutorials 7 tutorials 7 14 Homeworks 1 0 15 TOTALS 38 153
Learning Activities Summary
Activity Sessions Week Topic Lecture 1-5 2-3 Optical Communications and Sensors 6-14 4-6 Flight Control 15-23 7-10 Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility 24-31 10-12 Radar Principles Tutorial 1 3 Optical Communications and Sensors 2 5 Flight Control 3 7 Flight Control 4 8 Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility 5 10 Antennas and Electromagnetic Compatibility 6 11 Radar Principles 7 12 Radar Principles
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Assessment activity Type Weighting Due date Learning outcomes addressed In-class quizzes Formative 5% To be advised 3, 4 Assignments Summative 25% End of week 11 5-6 Exam Summative 70% To be advised 1-4, 7
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