Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series

Special topic students (WRC and UC Rocketry)


Zubia Ishrat, Iain Finer, Will Austin, Philip Houte de Lange


University of Canterbury

Time & Place

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:00:00 NZDT in Link 309 Lecture Theatre


This seminar will involve talks from four special topic students in the second semester.

Harmonic radar tag design for Insect Tracking
Zubia Ishrat
Postgraduate student (MEngSt)
Wireless Research Centre (WRC)
University of Canterbury

The first talk will be from Zubia Ishrat and is part of a project with WRC in conjunction with Scion to develop technologies to allow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to track insects which are considered a biohazard to New Zealand’s forestry industry. The goal was to first design two antennas at the fundamental and second harmonic frequencies (8.6/17.2 GHz). These antennas had to be lightweight and compact so that the tag can be mounted on an insect and not affect the insect’s flight characteristics. The project also considered the initial steps of integrating the two antennas together to complete a full tag.

Thrust Vectoring Static Test Platform for Sounding Rockets
Iain Finer, Will Austin, Philip Houte de Lange
Third Professional Year Mechanical Engineering students
University of Canterbury

The second group of talks involves a project with UC Rocketry and will present the development of a static test platform and a thrust vectoring mechanism using a DC Servo motor and cam. Various aspects of the system will be discussed including the design and manufacture of the rocket engine test stand, development of load cells to measure thrust force and thrust offset in the nozzle, testing procedure with the J90 motor, thrust vectoring, and the results and analysis.