EEC193 - FMCW Radar

3 units - Fall, Winter, and Spring (optional) Quarters

Lecture: 1.5 hours

Discussion: 0.5 hours

Lab: 3 hours

Prerequisite: EEC 110A, 110B, 130A, 130B, EEC 132ABC (may be taken concurrently), EEC 150AB (may be taken concurrently) 

Grading: Letter

Catalog Description: Senior design project in RF/microwave engineering

Relationship to Outcomes:
Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET Outcomes
An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams D
An ability to indentify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility F
An ability to communicate effectively G
A knowledge of contemporary issues J
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K

Expanded Course Description

This course is intended to provide a senior design option to students interested in RF/microwave systems by implementing a Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar system that can perform range, Doppler, and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) measurements. The project integrates multiple facets of electrical engineering, including RF/microwave engineering, analog circuit design, and digital signal processing. The primary objective of the project is to prepare UC Davis electrical engineering students with better understandings of both engineering principles as well as practical engineering skills. 

In the first quarter, the students are expected to build a working FMCW radar system based on a kit supplied by the course. The performance of the radar system will be tested in a series of experiments. A radar performance competition will be held at the end of the quarter. 

In the second (and optional third) quarter, a competition/demonstration will be held to judge the performance of the student teams in the terms of novelty, technical difficulty, and the quality of the presentations/demos. 

Textbook: Notes provided by the instructor

Engineering Design Statement:
The students will be given the task of improving various aspects of the performance of an engineering system within constraints of budget, size, weight, and power (SWaP). The students are expected to achieve this by understanding the fundamental working principle and the design tradeoffs of the system.

The students are also given the opportunity to innovate and come up with their design ideas and solutions to problems not limited in class. The student will be given the opportunity to design, fabricate, and validate their designs.

Professional Component: Engineering Foundation