conformal array


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conformal array

[kən′fȯr·məl ə′rā]
(electronics)
A circular, cylindrical, hemispherical, or other shaped array of electronically switched antennas; provides the special radiation patterns required for Tacan, IFF, and other air navigation, radar, and missile control applications.
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For conformal array antenna, the element pattern in different location has different direction because of the varying curvature.
To verify that this method can be applied for arbitrary arrays, in the second example, a 5 by 4 conical conformal array is used for test.
That is to say, for the proposed cylindrical conformal array with of 8 rows and 12 columns, the total number of variables to be optimized is reduced from 8 x 12 to 5 x (8 + 1), which significantly reduces the overhead of the optimization.
Pasala, "Pattern synthesis of conformal arrays for airborne vehicles," IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, Vol.
A 20-element cylindrical conformal array with a null-shaped beam pattern and a reconfigurable dual-beam pattern are synthesized to show the effectiveness and flexibility of the proposed algorithm.
Using three large conformal arrays on either flank, WAA can operate at lower frequencies and also provide very accurate bearing and target-motion analysis (TMA) data, while avoiding the need for the submarine to change direction.
These so-called conformal arrays enable radars to be used on platforms where it is impractical to fit a flat array.
It is possible to design conformal arrays to fit a three-dimensional shape such as a pyramid, cube or a solid of revolution such as the fuselage of an aircraft.
Contract Awarded For The Production And Support Of AN/BQS-25 Low-Cost Conformal Arrays (LCCA)
Smart skins" programs are taking yet another technology step by formulating shared-aperture systems as conformal arrays integrated physically with the airframe structure and the supporting RF and digital electronics.
These and other problems make the detailed analysis of conformal arrays on highly curved bodies a far from trivial undertaking.