Modeling and Simulation of Phased-Array Antennas

Course Description

Phased array antennas are key, yet complicated sub-systems in modern radar, electronic warfare, and communications systems. Computer simulation of phased arrays is simple to a first order, using sinc functions or basic Fourier transforms. Simple models leave out important details which are the result of both EM physics and hardware component and architecture selections. The purpose of this course is to provide detail needed for the modeler to understand what features are important to include and how to affect them in the simulation. Much of the course relies on Matlab model components, and that software will be provided along with computers for student use during the course.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Jul 17, 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,795 18556
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16532 Nov 8, 2016 Nov 10, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,795
17074 Feb 7, 2017 Feb 9, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,795
18249 Feb 6, 2018 Feb 8, 2018 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,795

Who Should Attend

This class is targeted at students, (engineers, analysts, technicians, and project managers) who have a need to perform modeling and simulation of phased array antennas but who do not know practical approaches for modeling specific component or architecture details. This class will present what is important and how to include the effects in simple, usable Matlab code.

How You Will Benefit

  • The basics of Fourier transform modeling of phased array antennas
  • Real world components and architectures and how they impact phased array performance
  • Frequency bandwidth impacts on performance
  • Real world element patterns and how to model them
  • Basics of Computational Electromagnetics techniques (FEM, MoM, and FDTD)
  • Incorporation of modeled or measured element patterns in the array model
  • Polarization effects and how to model them
  • Impact of the size of finite arrays on performance
  • Amplitude weighting alternatives and models
  • Simulation of beam forming approaches, both space-fed and corporate
  • Weighting quantization effects of attenuators and phase shifters
  • Effects and modeling approaches for random and correlated errors
  • System level error budget analyses
  • Digital and adaptive beam forming algorithms
  • Simulation of error effects in digital beam forming arrays


  • Basic Array Theory
  • Real Components and Architectures
  • CEM Modeling of Elements and Finite Arrays
  • Beam Former Modeling
  • Error Simulations and Budgeting
  • Digital and Adaptive Beam Forming



  • Course book containing compilation of slides
  • CD containing digital copies of course material
  • Computer and software will be provided during the course only. Matlab models will be provided for future use. No commercial software will be provided for students to keep.

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Glenn Hopkins