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Dust storm attenuation modeling based on measurements in Sudan

Elsheikh, Elfatih A. A. and Islam, Md. Rafiqul and Habaebi, Mohamed Hadi and Ismail, Ahmad Fadzil and Zyoud, Alhareth (2017) Dust storm attenuation modeling based on measurements in Sudan. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 65 (8). pp. 4200-4208. ISSN 0018-926X E-ISSN 1558-2221

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Microwave (MW) and millimeter-wave (MMW) propagation are severely affected by dust storms and sand storms in arid and semi-arid areas. Electromagnetic waves may suffer from attenuation due to suspended particles during a dust storm. This paper proposes an empirical model to predict the attenuation due to dust storms based on a one-year measurement of visibility, humidity and their effects on microwave links in Sudan. Signal strength variations on two operational microwave links at 14 GHz and 22 GHz as well as visibility were monitored simultaneously. The model is developed empirically using measured attenuation and measured storm characteristics (e.g., visibility, dielectric constant, frequency and moisture content). The predicted attenuation from the proposed empirical model is compared with the attenuation at frequencies ranging from 7.5 GHz to 40 GHz measured at different locations, and good agreement is found. Additionally, this method is characterized by simplicity and capability to predict reliable dust storm attenuation for a wide range of frequencies and moisture levels.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3802/57485
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dust Storm; Attenuation; Millimeter Waves; Microwaves
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication. Including telegraphy, radio, radar, television
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 14:37
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57485

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