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Real-Time Millimeter Wave Radar Simulation

Peinecke, Niklas and Doehler, Hans-Ullrich and Korn, Bernd (2013) Real-Time Millimeter Wave Radar Simulation. Journal of Aerospace Computing Information and Communication, 10 (7), pp. 337-347. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). DOI: 10.2514/1.53403 ISSN 1940-3151

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Official URL: http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.53403


This paper summarizes the ideas involved in implementing an imaging radar simulator based on using modern computer graphics hardware. Recent technologies were heavily used, like vertex and fragment shaders, reaching performances up to 90 Hz on a standard workstation. For greater realism, radar shadows were generated, implementing shadow map techniques in the programmable graphics hardware. Furthermore, a Phong-like approach (Phong, B. T., “Illumination for Computer Generated Pictures,” Communications of the ACM, Vol. 18, No. 6, June 1975, pp. 311–317) is presented for modeling the bidirectional reflectance distribution function of the mean normalized radar cross section. In the past, different models have been proposed for this task. While being accurate in most cases, they lack an intuitive understanding. The new model is intuitive by making use of categories of diffuse and specular reflections. Although it is computationally more efficient than previous approaches, it is composed of only a few parameters. Finally, examples are given of setups for different types of terrain. The particular implementation is tailored to imitate millimeter wave radar but can be extended for other types of radar systems, and even other sensor types.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/77189/
Document Type:Article
Title:Real-Time Millimeter Wave Radar Simulation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Peinecke, Niklasniklas.peinecke (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Doehler, Hans-Ullrichulli.doehler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Korn, BerndBernd.Korn (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:12 July 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Aerospace Computing Information and Communication
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.2514/1.53403
Page Range:pp. 337-347
Srivastava, AshokUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Keywords:radar simulation, real-time simulation, sensor simulation, computer graphics
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Peinecke, Dr.rer.nat. Niklas
Deposited On:06 Sep 2012 13:01
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:23

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