MATLAB Examples

Range-Speed Response Pattern of Target

This example shows how to visualize the speed and range of a target in a pulsed radar system that uses a rectangular waveform.

Note: This example runs only in R2016b or later. If you are using an earlier release, replace each call to the function with the equivalent step syntax. For example, replace myObject(x) with step(myObject,x).

Place an isotropic antenna element at the global origin (0,0,0). Then, place a target with a nonfluctuating RCS of 1 square meter at (5000,5000,10), which is approximately 7 km from the transmitter. Set the operating (carrier) frequency to 10 GHz. To simulate a monostatic radar, set the InUseOutputPort property on the transmitter to true. Calculate the range and angle from the transmitter to the target.

antenna = phased.IsotropicAntennaElement(...
    'FrequencyRange',[5e9 15e9]);
transmitter = phased.Transmitter('Gain',20,'InUseOutputPort',true);
fc = 10e9;
target = phased.RadarTarget('Model','Nonfluctuating',...
txloc = [0;0;0];
tgtloc = [5000;5000;10];
antennaplatform = phased.Platform('InitialPosition',txloc);
targetplatform = phased.Platform('InitialPosition',tgtloc);
[tgtrng,tgtang] = rangeangle(targetplatform.InitialPosition,...

Create a rectangular pulse waveform 2μs in duration with a PRF of 10 kHz. Determine the maximum unambiguous range for the given PRF. Use the radareqpow function to determine the peak power required to detect a target. This target has an RCS of 1 square meter at the maximum unambiguous range for the transmitter operating frequency and gain. The SNR is based on a desired false-alarm rate of $1e^{-6}$ for a noncoherent detector.

waveform = phased.RectangularWaveform('PulseWidth',2e-6,...
c = physconst('LightSpeed');
maxrange = c/(2*waveform.PRF);
SNR = npwgnthresh(1e-6,1,'noncoherent');
Pt = radareqpow(c/fc,maxrange,SNR,...

Set the peak transmit power to the output value from radareqpow.

transmitter.PeakPower = Pt;

Create radiator and collector objects that operate at 10 GHz. Create a free space path for the propagation of the pulse to and from the target. Then, create a receiver.

radiator = phased.Radiator(...
channel = phased.FreeSpace(...
collector = phased.Collector(...
receiver = phased.ReceiverPreamp('NoiseFigure',0,...

Propagate 25 pulses to and from the target. Collect the echoes at the receiver, and store them in a 25-column matrix named rx_puls.

numPulses = 25;
rx_puls = zeros(100,numPulses);

Simulation loop

for n = 1:numPulses

Generate waveform

    wf = waveform();

Transmit waveform

    [wf,txstatus] = transmitter(wf);

Radiate pulse toward the target

    wf = radiator(wf,tgtang);

Propagate pulse toward the target

    wf = channel(wf,txloc,tgtloc,[0;0;0],[0;0;0]);

Reflect it off the target

    wf = target(wf);

Propagate the pulse back to transmitter

    wf = channel(wf,tgtloc,txloc,[0;0;0],[0;0;0]);

Collect the echo

    wf = collector(wf,tgtang);

Receive the target echo

    rx_puls(:,n) = receiver(wf,~txstatus);

Create a range-Doppler response object that uses the matched filter approach. Configure this object to show radial speed rather than Doppler frequency. Use plotResponse to plot the range versus speed.

rangedoppler = phased.RangeDopplerResponse(...
    'RangeMethod','Matched Filter',...

The plot shows the stationary target at a range of approximately 7000 m.