Keywords

Pulse modulation (Electronics), Radar

Abstract

This report summarizes the design of a 25kW peak power pulse modulator for an airborne medium--range weather radar. It is the purpose of the modulator to collect and store energy over a certain time period and to form this energy into a short, high-power pulse. The modulator is required to drive a coaxial magnetron with a pulse of 5kV at 5A. System considerations make a pulse width of 3.5us and repetition rate of 99Hz necessary. The pulse is generated in a line-type pulse circuit which utilizes an SCR as a switching device. It is shown that a solid-state modulator can use a commercial grade SCR for the pulse generation. Although currents of 100A are switched, the instantaneous power dissipation in the SCR is reduced significantly through the use of a saturable delay reactor. A pulse transformer is used to achieve maximum power transfer from the modulator to the magnetron. The pulse transformer is insulated with semi-rigid epoxy. Corona generation is avoided by limited the voltage gradients in the insulation to 80V/mil.

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Graduation Date

1973

Advisor

Petrasko, Brian E.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Degree Program

Engineering

Format

PDF

Pages

v, 34 pages

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0012244

Subjects

Pulse modulation (Electronics), Radar

Collection (Linked data)

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Engineering Commons

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