Investigation of beamforming patterns from volumetrically distributed phased arrays

Drew Overturf, Kris Buchanan, Jeff Jensen, Carlos Flores-Molina, Sara Wheeland, Gregory H. Huff

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This work presents distributed beamforming using three dimensional randomly distributed volumetric arrays. This work examines a statistical ensemble (mean-valued) of average beampattern behavior for canonical and non-canonical volumetrically bound distributed (random) antenna arrays. Cubical, cylindrical, and spherical topologies of isotropic elements are analyzed to show beamforming and scanning from zenith to meridian for canonical topologies. In addition, small amounts of work have previously been investigated and therefore this work helps to enlighten with illustrations of the beampattern phenomena of a select few non-conically bound distributed and volumetric structures. To validate the distributed array pattern behavior, the manifold is composed of one million isotropic radiators densely populated amongst geometrical bounds to examine characteristic pattern behavior. This provides faithful convergence of numerical beampatterns to their expected (mean) patterns. Last of all, results show an increasing complexity of pattern behavior for use in many spatial advancements in distributed beamforming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMILCOM 2017 - 2017 IEEE Military Communications Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538605950
StatePublished - Dec 7 2017
Event2017 IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2017 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2017Oct 25 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM


Other2017 IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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