Total reliability of radar systems: Incorporating component degradation effects in operational reliability

Tyler D. Ridder, Ram M. Narayanan

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Operational reliability has been shown to be a useful measure of the effectiveness of a radar's detection algorithm in a specific operational scenario. Operational reliability transforms traditional detection theory parameters into a metric that can be combined with component reliability, thus setting the foundation for the formulation of a radar's total reliability. Component reliability can be divided into two main areas of study: lifetime prediction and degradation characterization. The former focuses on the component's mean-time-to- failure (MTTF), while the latter investigates the slow decrease of a component's performance throughout its lifetime until the component eventually fails. In this paper, we explore the degradation of common radio frequency (RF) components that are used in a radar system. The degradation of the components is then used in conjunction with the radar's operational reliability to develop a model for the overall reliability of a radar system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRadar Sensor Technology XXIII
EditorsKenneth I. Ranney, Armin Doerry
ISBN (Electronic)9781510626713
StatePublished - 2019
EventRadar Sensor Technology XXIII 2019 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 15 2019Apr 17 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceRadar Sensor Technology XXIII 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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