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Ultra-wideband Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging: Theory and Applications Open Access


Other title
UWB radar imaging
SAR processing
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Oloumi, Daniel
Supervisor and department
Dr. Rambabu Karumudi (Electrical and computer engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Vien Van (Electrical and computer engineering)
Dr.Robert Fedosejevs (Electrical and computer engineering)
Dr. Pierre Boulanger (Computing Science)
Dr. Mahta Moghaddam (Electrical and computer engineering), University of south California
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electromagnetics and Microwaves
Date accepted
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Ultra wideband (UWB)- synthetic aperture radars are emerging devices that are ideal for sensing and imaging applications in many special conditions such as monitoring subsurfaces, through-wall imaging, non-destructive characterization of materials, oil reservoir monitoring, weather forecasting, geo mapping, microwave holography for tissue imaging, and breast tomography to identify tumors. The exceptional characteristics of UWB radars, including high spatial resolution, low probability of interfering with other radio frequency (RF) signals, low power spectral density and compact size make them suitable for numerous applications. Moreover, their low power consumption allows them to operate on batteries, lending them to portable applications. Oil reservoir monitoring using UWB radar is a new trend in the oil and gas industry for reservoir management and improving production. Monitoring perforations’conditions in metal or concrete-cased oil wells can provide valuable information for oil well maintenance and process optimization. Moreover, observing steam chamber growth in a heavy oil reservoir using radar technology will provide feedback to control steam flow to enhance oil extraction in the steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) process. Radar imaging is a developing imaging modality for biomedical applications to study functional and pathological conditions of soft tissue. Radar imaging offers a safe, portable, cost-effective and near real-time imaging supplement for the non-invasive assessment of acute and chronic soft tissue conditions. Microwave imaging may turn out to be a simple and efficient method to perform breast imaging capable of providing adequate image resolutions for diagnosis. This thesis focused on the applications of UWB-synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems for oil reservoir monitoring and breast tumor imaging; both applications share a requirement for high image resolution. The theory part investigates the design procedure for UWBSAR systems with specific range and cross-range resolutions. The effect of the pulse shape, bandwidth, integration angle, and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the received pulse on the image resolution is comprehensively studied. To enhance the image resolution, pre-processing of the received pulses with envelope detection is proposed. Superluminal phenomenon and UWB pulse propagation in the near-field of an antenna is studied. The apparent superluminal pulse velocity is due to the pulse reshaping of the radiated pulse in the near-field of the antenna. The effect of pulse velocity on the quality of reconstructed images is demonstrated. The application part looks at the suitability of UWB-SAR for oil reservoir monitoring, such as perforation imaging in concrete- and metal-cased oil wells and steam chamber monitoring in heavy oil reservoir. High-quality images are reconstructed using a combination of UWB radar and SAR processing along with the proposed algorithms to improve image quality. The investigation includes positive image generation to enhance image sharpness, and near-field imaging procedure. Practical considerations for SAGD process monitoring such as power budget and heterogeneity analysis of a heavy oil reservoir using UWB radar are studied. The application of UWB-circular synthetic aperture radar (CSAR) for breast tumor imaging is also demonstrated. Tomographic image reconstruction was carried out using a time domain global back projection technique adapted to circular trajectory data acquisition. The suitability of this technique for breast tumor detection and imaging is demonstrated through experiments on a 3D printed breast phantom, developed based on a human breast MRI, which emulates the breast in terms of structures and their electrical properties. The measurement results demonstrated the utility of UWB-CSAR for breast tumor imaging.
This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
Citation for previous publication
D.Oloumi, Jui-wen Ting, K.Rambabu, “Design of pulse characteristics for near-field UWBSAR imaging, “IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques. vol.64, no.8, pp.2684- 2693, Aug. 2016.D.Oloumi, K.Rambabu, “Studying the superluminal behavior of UWB antennas and its effect on near-field imaging, “IEEE Trans. on Antennas and Propagations, (Accepted with major revision), ID: AP1510-1634.R2.D.Oloumi, M.I. Pettersson, P. Mousavi, K.Rambabu, “Imaging of oil-well perforations usingUWB synthetic aperture radar,” IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, (TGRS), vol.53, no.8, pp.4510-4520, Aug. 2015.D.Oloumi, K.Rambabu, “Metal-cased oil well perforation detection using UWB radar techniques,“submitted to IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, (TGRS), ID:TGRS-2016-00933,(Suitable for publication, revision submitted).D.Oloumi, K-M.Chan, P.Boulanger, K.Rambabu, “SAGD process monitoring of heavy oil reservoir using radar techniques, “IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol.64, no. 6, pp. 1884-1895, June 2016.D.Oloumi, A. Kordzadeh, P.Boulanger, K.Rambabu,“ Breast tumor detection using UWB circular-SAR microwave tomographic imaging ,“ submitted to IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques. TMTT-2016-09-1058, (Suitable for publication, revision submitted).D.Oloumi , P.Boulanger, A. Kordzadeh, K.Rambabu ,“ Breast tumour detection using UWB circular-SAR tomographic microwave imaging,” 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Milan, 2015, pp. 7063-7066. (Selected as finalist paper).D.Oloumi, P.Boulanger, K.Rambabu, “Tracking a biopsy needle inside a breast using UWB circular-SAR, “IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, Vancouver, BC, 2015, pp. 534-535.

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