Title page for ETD etd-06192006-011131

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Volos, Haris I
Author's Email Address hvolos@vt.edu
URN etd-06192006-011131
Title Ultra Wideband Ranging and Link Budget Design for Naval Crane Applications
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Buehrer, Richard Michael Committee Chair
Ellingson, Steven W. Committee Member
Reed, Jeffrey Hugh Committee Member
  • Link Budget
  • Ranging
  • UWB
Date of Defense 2006-06-01
Availability unrestricted
In this thesis a UWB-based ranging scheme is designed, simulated, implemented and tested. This system was designed to address the problem of safely unloading cargo crates to ships in the open seas. UWB antennas are placed on the four corners of the cargo crate, providing the information needed to a ranging/positioning algorithm that estimates the orientation and distance of the ship's deck from the crate. Furthermore, the system is successfully tested in a 1/24 scale demonstration. In addition to the UWB ranging application, this thesis evaluates an already proposed modification to the traditional narrowband link budget based on the Friis transmission formula. The proposed modification replaces frequency-domain parameters with time-domain values to handle the wide bandwidth of UWB systems. The proposed approach is shown via measurements to be much more accurate than the traditional technique.
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