Three Channel rotary joint for X band radar systems
Designed and manufactured at our facility in Basingstoke, the new AMCORJD-3 device enables microwave signals to be fed to or from a compact radar antenna rotating continuously at in excess of 60rpm and typically exposed to harsh environmental conditions such as wind, rain and salt spray.
The design brief was particularly challenging as it had to fit in the same space as the previous two channel version. The frequency range of all three channels is 8.5 to 9.5GHz, average power handling is in excess of 50W with a peak power capability of over 200W, maximum insertion loss is only 1.2dB, maximum VSWR of 1.5:1 and an isolation of 80dB.
In order to satisfy requirements for long life and continuous operation, this robustly constructed rotary joint uses a non-contacting design, so the only wearing parts are the bearings. It is fabricated from lightweight aluminium with a Surtec finish and incorporates IP65 sealing to protect it from the ingress of moisture and dust.
Featuring N-type connectors on the rotating side and SMA-type connectors on the fixed side, the rotary joint has overall dimensions of 84mm (D) x 150mm (L), excluding the connectors and bulkhead mounting flange. Other rotary-joint configurations and sizes can be supplied on request, customised to suit specific radar antenna requirements. Just contact us for further details.