Line of sight visibility analysis for foreign object debris detection system

G. Fizza, S. M. Idrus*, F. Iqbal, W. H.W. Hassan, N. Shibagaki, K. Kashima, A. Hamzah, S. Ambran, T. Kawanishi

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It is challenging to monitor busy airports' runway through visual inspection to precisely detect foreign object debris. Currently, many technologies for the detection of foreign object debris are available. It has been investigated that millimeter-wave radar technology's detection capability can be one of the most effective techniques for detecting foreign object debris as it is weather-resilient. However, the positioning and height of a millimeter-wave radar pole covering the runway area, considering the existing runway infrastructure, are challenging. The task involves finding the appropriate placement and optimum height. This paper presents a novel method of line of sight visibility for placement and height of radar pole using human factor research to ensure that each point on the runway is visible from various heights of the millimeter-wave radar pole to the runway locations. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia runway 32L/14R, has used a case study to test the visibility analysis. The visual analytic test's successful results for different millimeter-wave radar pole locations and viewing heights under a visible and invisible line of sight conditions on the runway have been verified in the field experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012006
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 11
Event2nd International Conference on Emerging Electrical Energy, Electronics and Computing Technologies 2020, ICE4CT 2020 - Melaka, Malaysia
Duration: 2020 Dec 212020 Dec 22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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