Faculty Advisor

Clements, Kevin A.


This project examined the effects of range-Doppler coupling (RDC) on the ability of a radar system to identify targets. RDC is a phenomenon caused by objects spinning or tumbling and can cause radars to exhibit a large error in range. Simulations of different targets were created and then simulated in MATLAB with the help of previous java code generated by technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Through our analysis we were able to create a MATLAB program to model the effects RDC would have on a simple dumbbell target. A graph displaying the effects of RDC was created on axes of normalized parameters of a radar waveform and target characteristics, which provided a roadmap for comparing the radar returns.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering