Research Facilities

Semi-anechoic chamber

The department is operating a medium size semi-anechoic chamber (15 m2) mainly devoted to EMC and EMI testing in compliance with civilian and military standards (EN 61000, MIL-STD-461D and SDIP-27). The chamber is equipped with a rotating table and remote operation is possible.

Reverberation chamber

A small (10m2) Faraday cage is currently used as a mode-stirred reverberation chamber. It is used to assess the performance of immunity (EMI) testing.

Radio Frequency lab

The RF lab is equipped with state-of-the-art measurement apparatus (VNA, spectrum analyzers, I/Q arbitrary waveform generators, power amplifiers, …). This equipment is undergoing a yearly calibration.

Computing cluster

The Signal and Image Centre has its own opportunistic cluster. It comprises about 150 cpus for a total of about 300GBytes of RAM and more than 130TBytes of disks and is running Linux. It is installed with Matlab, Labview, IDL/ENVI and the usual range of compilers and development tools.

Experimental radar range

The experimental radar range consists in a VNA-based radar able to operate in the frequency range between 1 and 26GHz. It can be configured either to measure RCS of small objects placed on a rotating table. The objects can be up to approximately 1m^3. It can also be configured in SAR mode, the antennas being placed on a rail with a length of 3m.

Bistatic radar receiving platform

The bistatic radar receiving platform consists in a dedicated 8 channels 16 bits 128MS/s acquisition system connected to an array antenna and the associated down-conversion RF electronics currently configured to receive signals in C-band (5GHz).

Electrical drive lab

Besides the low-power didactic benches essentially dedicated to teaching activities, the lab is also equipped with high-power (25kW) benches. The equipment comprises power converters and the associated A/D & D/A converters and real-time processing capabilities in order to develop and test control strategies.

Laser Tunnel

With a length of 15 m and a width of 4 m, the laser tunnel offers a controlled and safe environment for testing laser performance, as a stand-alone system, or in combination with optronics sensors. The tunnel is equipped with a fixed and a mobile optical table, a series of lasers, and detection and beam analysis equipment.

Optronics Lab

For the evaluation of performance of the most common military sensors in the optronics domain, the lab is equipped with several fixed optical tables and the necessary test equipment. It provides the possibility to test the sensor performance in harsh conditions (i.e. in the presence of laser dazzlers or the use of camouflage materials).

Drone Detection Lab

The lab is equipped and organised to assess the drone detection performance in the RF, Radar, Optronics and Acoustics domain.