Antennas and propagation

lelec2910  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Antennas and propagation
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Craeye Christophe (coordinator); Janvier Danielle;
Main themes
This course is a part of the "Telecommunications" orientation in the Master in Electrical Engineering. LELEC2910 is dedicated to the electromagnetic aspects of wireless communications, more specifically to the antenna technology and microwave propagation theory.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 With respect to the AA referring system defined for the Master in Electrical Engineering, the course contributes to the development, mastery and assessment of the following skills
  • AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
  • AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.4
  • AA3.1
  • AA4.1
  • AA5.5, AA5.6
  • AA6.1, AA6.3
At the end of the course, the student will be able to :
  • Explain the fundamental properties characterizing an emitting and receiving antenna and calculate its characteristic parameters
  • Calculate the radiated field and the radiation pattern of antennas, antenna arrays, linear and aperture antennas.
  • Describe and calculate the influence of the troposphere, the ionosphere  and the ground on the propagation of electromagnetic waves.
  • Write the radar equation and describe the radar.
  • Calculate a link budget, taking into account the various propagation effects and the signal-to-noise ratio, for a terrestrial and earth-space link.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
  • Antenna theory
  • Modeling of antenna array
  • Radiation from linear distributions
  • Radiation from apertures
  • Propagation for terrestrial links
  • Earth-space propagation
  • Propagation through the troposphere and the ionosphere
  • Radar equation
Teaching methods
The course is organized in
  • 12 courses of 2h
  • 10 supervised exercises of 2h
  • A project for the development of an antenna or a propagation model (1 or 2 students).
  • A project dedicated to the evaluation of tropospheric degradations.
Evaluation methods
The students have a written examination, based on the objectives described above. It is a closed-book exam.
The evaluation of the projects is a report and a presentation, individual or for a group of 2 students.
  • Syllabus de cours disponibles sur Moodle
  • Transparents disponibles sur Moodle
  • Livres de référence disponibles à la BST
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Electrical Engineering